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

  • n. The value imprinted on a security, such as a stock certificate or bond, used to calculate a payment, such as a dividend or interest; face value. Also called nominal value.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The amount or value listed on a bill, note, stamp, etc.; the stated value or amount.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. nominal value; face value; -- used especially of financial instruments, such as bonds.

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

  • n. the value of a security that is set by the company issuing it; unrelated to market value


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  • Bill would pick up an old critter whose par value was the price of one horse-hide, and after it had been pulled and shoved into his stable, the boys would stand around waiting for crape to be hung on the door.

    Old Gorgon Graham


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