money order


Definition of money order

: an order issued by a post office, bank, or telegraph office for payment of a specified sum of money usually at any branch of the organization

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The office is also changing its fee payment system, and will no longer be accepting money orders or cashier’s checks for in-person fee payment. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "USCIS office in Colorado changing process for how people schedule appointments," 7 July 2019 In his possession was $5,000 in cash that his girlfriend, a fellow officer, gave him to purchase money orders to pay household bills. Essence, "Black Detroit Police Officer Claims He Was Racially Profiled By Fellow White Cop," 17 June 2019 But because the public had received no advance notification, clerks ended up accepting cash payments from people who arrived without money orders or cashier’s checks. Courtney Astolfi,, "Excusable mistakes or bad governance? A look back at 17 months under Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish," 7 June 2019 Though House fought back, the harassment continued, as notices were issued to local post offices ordering them to deny any money orders made out to the association or any of its officials. Arica L. Coleman, Time, "The House Hearing on Slavery Reparations Is Part of a Long History. Here's What to Know on the Idea's Tireless Early Advocates," 18 June 2019 Payments can also be made via check or money order by mailing it to the municipal building. Phil Davis,, "Baltimore ransomware update: what city residents need to know about water bills, taxes, tickets and more," 10 June 2019 The five city locations take checks, money orders, and payment cards. Christian Hetrick,, "These government offices in Philly won’t take cash, disregarding the city’s cashless ban," 6 June 2019 Or by mail: Send a money order of cashier's check to: Rosenberg Municipal Court, P.O. Box 32, Rosenberg, TX 77471-0032. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Rosenberg PD participates in warrant roundup," 21 Feb. 2018 Sometimes the general store would also be the post office, so the guy at the general store would refuse to sell black people money orders or stamps to order out of the [Sears] catalog. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "The Sears catalog brought city goods to the country. It also unintentionally combatted white supremacy.," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of money order

1802, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of money order was in 1802

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English Language Learners Definition of money order

: a written order to pay a particular amount of money to a specified person or company

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Kids Definition of money order

: a piece of paper like a check that can be bought (as at a post office) and that orders payment of a sum of money printed on it to the person named

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Legal Definition of money order

: an order issued by a post office, bank, or telegraph office for payment of a specified sum of money usually at any branch of the issuing organization

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