What is a “C-Note” And Why is a hundred dollar bill called a C note?
What does “C-Note” mean? The term and slang “C-note” is a noun which is used to reference money.
The “C” in “C-Note” is referring to the Roman numeral for 100. A bill is known as a note. A C-Note means a hundred dollar bill ($100).
The term “C-Note” has been used by The Notorious B.I.G., 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Logic, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Uzi Vert, Drake, Jay Rock, and many more rappers.
Why is a hundred dollar bill called a C note?
It’s from Roman numerals.
Classical education, in both America and Europe, tended to be pretty heavy on studying old Roman and Greek cultures, so so understanding Roman numerals was pretty common, to the point where it entered into popular vernacular. In 19th century America, it was apparently fairly common slang to refer to five- and ten-dollar bills as “V”’s and “X”’s. And by the same logic, hundreds would be “C”’s.
The slang term for the smaller bills has pretty much faded, but calling hundreds “C-notes” is still hanging in there, if not especially common any more.