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national bank

noun
  1. a bank chartered by the U.S. government and formerly authorized to issue notes that served as money.
  2. a bank owned and administered by the government, as in some European countries.
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Origin of national bank

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90
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Examples from the Web for national bank

Historical Examples

  • Owing to the repressive influence of the national-bank act, hastened in its effect by the 10 per cent.

    Readings in Money and Banking

    Chester Arthur Phillips

  • Many of the state banking laws likewise contain the same provision as the national-bank act with reference to surplus.

    Readings in Money and Banking

    Chester Arthur Phillips

  • In the banking laws of seven States the limit on the amount of single liability is the same as under the national-bank act.

    Readings in Money and Banking

    Chester Arthur Phillips

  • As in the case of the national-bank note, the obligation of the United States and the assets of the issuing bank secure it.

    Readings in Money and Banking

    Chester Arthur Phillips


British Dictionary definitions for national bank

national bank

noun
  1. (in the US) a commercial bank incorporated under a Federal charter and legally required to be a member of the Federal Reserve SystemCompare state bank
  2. a bank owned and operated by a government
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