fractional currency

  1. coins or paper money of a smaller denomination than the basic monetary unit.

Origin of fractional currency

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65

Words Nearby fractional currency Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use fractional currency in a sentence

  • The air was full of fractional currency when he came to the halves and quarters.

    Roads of Destiny | O. Henry
  • The experienced operator immediately placed the fractional currency where it might not tempt the child to change her mind.

  • Sanborn placed the money on the stool, consisting of two quarters in fractional currency.

    Outward Bound | Oliver Optic
  • I bought twenty-five dollars, face value, in twenty-five cent fractional currency very well done.

    Between the Lines | Henry Bascom Smith
  • "Fifty cents on the deuce; 50 cents on the five," said Shorty, laying down the fractional currency.

British Dictionary definitions for fractional currency

fractional currency

  1. paper or metal money of smaller denomination than the standard monetary unit

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