noun \-ˌhas\

: a business that banks use to exchange checks and money between them

: an organization that collects and gives out information about a specific thing

Full Definition of CLEARINGHOUSE

:  an establishment maintained by banks for settling mutual claims and accounts
:  a central agency for the collection, classification, and distribution especially of information; broadly :  an informal channel for distributing information or assistance


  1. an online clearinghouse for information on museums around the world

First Known Use of CLEARINGHOUSE


Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Institution established by firms engaged in similar activities to enable them to offset transactions with one another in order to limit payment settlements to net balances. Clearinghouses play an important role in settling international payments and the transactions of banks, railroads, and stock and commodity exchanges. Bank clearinghouses are usually voluntary associations of local banks set up to simplify the exchange of checks, drafts, and notes, as well as to settle balances. Increasingly, the automated clearinghouse (ACH) is used to transfer funds electronically. The clearinghouse idea was applied to various forms of trade from an early time. The Amsterdam Exchange Bank, founded in 1609, became Europe's largest clearinghouse and made the city an international financial centre. The first modern bank clearinghouse was established in London in 1773. The first bank clearinghouse in the U.S. was established in 1853.


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