central bank

Definitions of central bank
  1. noun
    a government monetary authority that issues currency and regulates the supply of credit and holds the reserves of other banks and sells new issues of securities for the government
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    European Central Bank
    the central bank of those members of the European Union who share a common currency
    FRS, Fed, Federal Reserve, Federal Reserve System
    the central bank of the United States; incorporates 12 Federal Reserve branch banks and all national banks and state-chartered commercial banks and some trust companies
    Bank of England
    the central bank of England and Wales
    Bundesbank
    the central bank of Germany
    Bank of Japan
    the central bank of Japan
    type of:
    financial institution, financial organisation, financial organization
    an institution (public or private) that collects funds (from the public or other institutions) and invests them in financial assets
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