gift certificate


: a certificate entitling the recipient to receive goods or services of a specified value from the issuer

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This year, consider giving a family membership or gift certificate to The YMCA. Staff, The Courier-Journal, 7 Nov. 2022 For special events like birthdays or anniversaries, a card, flowers, or a gift certificate that is thoughtfully wrapped might be the best route. Belle Duchene, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Nov. 2022 The ever-classic pie eating championship at noon features pastries and the chance to win a gift certificate from Livin’ the Pie Life. Briona Butler, Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2022 As the leaders of several ex-Soviet nations met at the Czarist-era Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus presented Putin with a gift certificate for the vehicle. Vladimir Putin, Fox News, 7 Oct. 2022 Fine print on the GC reads: This gift certificate is not valid for re-enrolling clients or clients who are already enrolled. Staff Author, Peoplemag, 12 Aug. 2022 Mark Ryan was convicted for accepting a $600 clothing gift certificate for getting a tavern license for a restaurant and also solicited a $2,500 bribe to get the license restriction removed. Isaac Yu, Journal Sentinel, 19 July 2022 When Vic Seixas won the Wimbledon men’s championship in 1953, tennis was an amateur sport, so his entire prize package consisted of a trophy and a gift certificate worth 25 pounds. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Sep. 2022 For example, offer the movie lover free tickets to a local cinema, give outdoor enthusiasts a gift certificate to an outdoor recreation store or gift an ebook service subscription to a book lover. David Tripp, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gift certificate was in 1900

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Cite this Entry

“Gift certificate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

gift certificate


: a certificate that is worth a certain amount of money and that is given to someone to buy something (as goods or services from a business)
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