double entry


Definition of double entry

: a method of bookkeeping that recognizes both sides of a business transaction by debiting the amount of the transaction to one account and crediting it to another account so the total debits equal the total credits

Examples of double entry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The gray-haired man in the pearlescent blue silk suit was Richard Reynolds: double entry, member of Congress from Delaware and multiple arrests for solicitation of a prostitute—no convictions. August Cole, Wired, "AI, AR, and the (Somewhat) Speculative Future of a Tech-Fueled FBI," 5 June 2020 The master bedroom offers a glamorous bathroom complete with a double entry walk-in shower, overhead rain shower and a custom walk-in closet that features a vanity area, dressing room and chandelier lighting. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "$12M palatial Magnolia estate comes with three pools, a 'man cave' and its own mini golf course," 15 Oct. 2019 The other two, published in 16th-century Antwerp and London, reflect double entry’s movement west across Europe. Jane Gleeson-white, WSJ, "‘The Big Four’ Review: Titans of the Books," 23 Sep. 2018 It was named for the Medici Bank of Florence — a pioneer of the double entry bookkeeping that revolutionized money and banking in the Renaissance. New York Times, "From Furniture to Cryptocurrency — Overstock Is on a Journey," 27 June 2018 The gravel driveway leads to a lower-level, two-car garage, and also winds past a cobblestone walkway leading to double entry doors topped by a half-moon window. New York Times, "House Hunting in … Portugal," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of double entry

1741, in the meaning defined above

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“Double entry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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