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central bank

a bank, as the Federal Reserve Bank, that holds basic banking reserves, issues currency, and acts as lender of last resort and controller of credit.
Origin of central bank
First recorded in 1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Allowances were deposited in a central bank, with elected officers.

    The Cricket Marjorie Cooke
  • There is just this chance, the rumours about the central bank may be false.


    Emma Marshall
  • Mr. Wilton's case was rendered far worse by the loss of a large private income derived from shares in the central bank.


    Emma Marshall
  • With these funds the central bank was to purchase state bonds, devoting the interest to redeeming the notes of the national banks.

  • The lack of a central bank and of a rediscount market is to a degree compensated by unity of action among the banks.

    Banking William A. Scott
British Dictionary definitions for central bank

central bank

a national bank that does business mainly with a government and with other banks: it regulates the volume and cost of credit
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