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Different words for “money” Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in Culture, English Vocabulary

Money.  This is something most people want more of and at the same time it is something people are always taking out of their wallet and giving away…to buy things of course!  In the United States there are six denominations* of paper money: $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $100.  The $2 bill is not commonly used in the United States, but it does exist.  There are also six denominations of coin money in America: $0.01, $0.05, $0.10, $0.25, $0.50, and $1.00.  Both the $0.50 and $1.00 coins are rarely used in the United States, though they do exist.  There are many more than six ways to say the word money in American English though.  In fact there may be as many as 100 different synonyms for the word money in American English.  Below I have list eleven different words that can be used as synonyms for the word “money” in American English.  Some of these words aren’t exact synonyms. That is, you couldn’t take the word money out of a sentence and replace it with one of these words, but these words all do refer to money.  I have noted in parentheses next to a word if it has a special connotation.  Many of these words are very commonly used in English and most are slang.  If you listen to an American movie or a conversation between Americans I am sure you will hear the majority of these words before very long.


Benjamins (This term generally refers to $100 bills that have a picture of Benjamin Franklin on them.)
coin (Even though coins are metal money, this term is used to refer to money in general.)
cash (This word refers to actual money, not money on credit cards or checks.)
dolla dolla bills
dollars (This terms generally refers to paper money.)
greenbacks (This term often refers to paper money but can be used to refer to American currency in general.)
smackers (This word almost always only refers to paper money.)

*denomination = a series of values in a system of currency

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About the Author:Gabriele

Hi there! I am one of Transparent Language's ESL bloggers. I am a 32-year-old native English speaker who was born and raised in the United States. I am living in Washington, DC now, but I have lived all over the US and also spent many years living and working abroad. I started teaching English as a second language in 2005 after completing a Master's in Applied Linguists and a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults' (CELTA). Since that time I have taught ESL in the United States at the community college and university level. I have also gone on to pursue my doctorate in psychology and now I also teach courses in psychology. I like to stay connected to ESL learners around the world through Transparent Languages ESL Blog. Please ask questions and leave comments on the blog and I will be sure to answer them.


  1. jordan:

    I was told that Eskimos have 72 words for snow. The lady that told me seemed so amazed. But it got me thinking.. I said I’m sure we have over 30 types of words for different types of rain (I live in britain).
    But then I thought about the word money. As you said, on confident there is over 100 words for money (shows what kind of society we live in).
    Here’s a few more (ps. Apart from Bonn, you can replace the word money for any of these in britain and most people will understand still): I.e how many/much _____ have you got?;
    Bees and honey (cockney rhyme)
    Wadd (pronouced w-odd)
    Bomb (large amount)

    Sure theirs lots more, please add to this list of you think of any. I feel as if this fact should be documented to show societies current obbession with a capatlist mind set.