from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bank in a system of federally chartered privately owned banks in the United States, each required by law to be an investing member of its district Federal Reserve Bank and insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
  • n. A bank associated with national finances and usually owned or controlled by a government.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. the official common name of a class of banking corporations established under the laws of the United States.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a commercial bank chartered by the federal government


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