bill of exchange

noun phrase

Definition of bill of exchange

: an unconditional written order from one person to another to pay a specified sum of money to a designated person

First Known Use of bill of exchange

1534, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bill of exchange was in 1534

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“Bill of exchange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bill of exchange

: a document that tells a person or business to pay a particular amount of money to another person or business

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Legal Definition of bill of exchange

— see bill sense 7

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