es·​crow | \ ˈe-ˌskrō How to pronounce escrow (audio) , e-ˈskrō \

Definition of escrow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a deed, a bond, money, or a piece of property held in trust by a third party to be turned over to the grantee only upon fulfillment of a condition
2 : a fund or deposit designed to serve as an escrow
in escrow
: in trust as an escrow had $1000 in escrow to pay taxes


es·​crow | \ e-ˈskrō How to pronounce escrow (audio) , ˈe-ˌskrō How to pronounce escrow (audio) \
escrowed; escrowing; escrows

Definition of escrow (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to place in escrow

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the form of a deed, money or property, escrow is that is held by a third party and handed over to the grantee only upon the fulfillment of some condition. In commercial usage, this condition is most often the performance of some act by the party who is to receive the instrument. Escrow is also used in family transactions (as when the death of one family member results in an instrument being delivered to another family member).

Examples of escrow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun However, a tenant with a condition that affects habitability can pursue a rent escrow action or a tenant remedies action. Kelly Klein | Kelly Klein, Star Tribune, "Landlord failed to disclose cockroach problem," 4 Sep. 2020 The plot thickens as the money is in escrow and continues to grow. Emmett Hall,, "78 fishing teams battle it out in Saltwater Showdown," 27 Aug. 2020 In the last 30 days, 213 single-family homes hit the market, and 105 are already in escrow. J.k. Dineen,, "Tahoe’s new Gold Rush: Bay Area residents fleeing coronavirus push up home prices," 25 Aug. 2020 Prior to the referendum, Argentina would deposit an amount (say, $20,000,000) in escrow in Swiss accounts for every person who can prove their Falkland Islands citizenship. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of August 17," 21 Aug. 2020 Teresa Friedrich and Tommy Ruiz got married last year and lived with his parents for several months to save up for their first home on Wildgrove Way, which closed escrow on June 24. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Proposed Catholic cemetery in Vista area concerns nearby homeowners," 9 Aug. 2020 So thankful to be in escrow on all these beautiful properties! Jean Bentley,, "Selling Sunset’s Cast Has Their Season 4 Storylines Ready — Your Move, Netflix," 8 Aug. 2020 Brian wanted to hold back $550,000 of the purchase price, set aside in an escrow account, for six months. Gary Miller, The Denver Post, "Gary Miller: Study the “definitive agreement” carefully, or risk losing the deal," 23 Feb. 2020 The money usually goes into an escrow account, similar to a real estate deal — released to the seller upon mask inspection. J. David Mcswane, ProPublica, "Cannabis, Lies and Foreign Cash: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey Through the Underground Mask Trade," 3 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb According to the survey, 25 of 31 union representatives call escrow the biggest bargaining issue. Alyssa Thomas,, "Alyssa Thomas leads Connecticut Sun to 12th straight win at home," 17 June 2019 When property is transferred from seller to buyer, the title company (or escrow company, as it is called out west) goes to the local recorder of deeds. Benny L. Kass,, "Paid off your house? You don't need a deed," 20 July 2017 Burns will escrow the $1,000 donation from Bakken until Madison employment officials issue a decision in the Nordic case, according to Amanda Brink, a Burns spokeswoman. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bice: State Democrats rake in cash from businessman caught up in sexual harassment case," 20 Feb. 2018 Happily, the money got to escrow just before the sellers’ patience had worn thin. Leslie Sargent Eskildsen, Orange County Register, "Happy endings that don’t happen every day," 1 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of escrow


1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for escrow


Anglo-French escroue scroll — more at scroll

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14 Sep 2020

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“Escrow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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es·​crow | \ ˈes-ˌkrō How to pronounce escrow (audio) \

Legal Definition of escrow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an instrument and especially a deed or money or property held by a third party to be turned over to the grantee and become effective only upon the fulfillment of some condition
2 : a fund or deposit designed to serve as an escrow
in escrow
: held as an escrow : in trust as an escrow had $1000 in escrow to pay taxes — compare trust

Legal Definition of escrow (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cause to be held as an escrow : place in escrow

History and Etymology for escrow


Anglo-French escroue deed delivered on condition, literally, scroll, strip of parchment, from Old French escroe

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