Meaning of “face value” in the English Dictionary

"face value" in English

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face valuenoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˌfeɪs ˈvæl.juː/ us /ˌfeɪs ˈvæl.juː/

Examples from literature

  • As between bank and bank, this use of the fingerprint in bank papers of large face value is especially applicable. 
  • As he fingered the green slip whose face value was one hundred and twenty dollars, one fourth of his yearly stipend, he felt relieved, and at the same time oddly reluctant. 
  • Just now the shares of very few shipping companies are worth their face value. 
  • The bank will then receive from the Treasury "National bank notes" equal in amount to the face value of the bonds deposited. 
  • Through the influence of a dear friend who was in a banking establishment, and to whom she had confided her secret, she was enabled to get the bonds at their face value. 

(Definition of “face value” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"face value" in American English

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the value or price shown, for example on a stamp, a coin, or a bill

(Definition of “face value” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"face value" in Business English

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face valuenoun [ U ]

uk us also US face amount

FINANCE the amount that is shown on a bank note, a coin, etc.:

The bonds are trading at just 40% of face value.

(Definition of “face value” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)