re·ceipt | \ ri-ˈsēt \

Definition of receipt 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a writing acknowledging the receiving of goods or money

2 : the act or process of receiving

3 : something received usually used in plural

4 : recipe

5a obsolete : receptacle

b archaic : a revenue office


receipted; receipting; receipts

Definition of receipt (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to give a receipt for or acknowledge the receipt of

2 : to mark as paid

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The history of receipt and recipe

These days it may seem odd to speak of "grandma's cookie receipt," but at one time the only meaning of receipt was "recipe." The first recorded use of receipt is a reference to a medicinal preparation in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (c. 1386). Recipe didn't arrive until the 1500s, and it was also first used to describe medicine. Both words began to be applied to cooking only in the 18th century, after which recipe slowly became the preferred word. Receipt acquired its currently more familiar sense of "a written statement saying that money or goods have been received" in the 17th century. Both receipt and recipe are thought to be ultimately derived from Latin recipere ("to receive"), making them probable relatives as well as synonyms.

Examples of receipt in a Sentence


Keep your receipt in case you need to return anything. The form should be completed and returned within 30 days of receipt. Open immediately upon receipt of the package. Our company deposits cash receipts every day.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The first $500,000 of gross receipts from sales of recreational marijuana would be exempt from the tax, as would be retail sales of medical cannabis. Trisha Thadani,, "SF supervisors committee tinkers with tax measures on cannabis, ride services," 13 July 2018 The receipt from that night shows that only alcohol was purchased during the Grandpa’s Place outing. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Glenview announces 'improvements and clarifications' to credit card policy following Pioneer Press investigation," 3 July 2018 The vote increases the tax on the companies’ gross receipts from 1 percent to 6 percent. Washington Post, "Council votes to raise ride-hailing tax," 28 June 2018 Getty Images Yup, people are pulling up receipts from Grande's June 2 performance at Wango Tango to prove that the singer is already sporting her ring. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "Looks Like Ariana Grande Just Confirmed She's Engaged to Pete Davidson," 12 June 2018 Make sure to keep copies of the receipts from any incidental charges and send them, along with an explanation of the charges, to Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Your Airbnb in Japan May Be Canceled," 7 June 2018 Would create a state bank to take tax receipts from cannabis sales and use them to fund production of low-cost pharmaceuticals. San Francisco Chronicle, "Where candidates for governor stand on California’s biggest issues," 17 May 2018 While most royal warrant holders are hush-hush about their customers, Floris has a small museum in the back of the shop with letters and archived receipts from various palaces and high-wattage clientele like Sir Winston Churchill (Special No. Amy Tara Koch, New York Times, "A Road Map to Shopping Like a Royal in London," 9 May 2018 Prosecutors showed the jury surveillance video of her at Home Depot after the murder, shoplifting a second hatchet and then returning it with the receipt from the first — a ploy, prosecutors said, to cover her tracks. NBC News, "The judge who sentenced Nancy Seaman for murder now wants to set her free," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of receipt


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4


1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for receipt


Middle English receite, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin recepta, probably from Latin, neuter plural of receptus, past participle of recipere to receive

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English Language Learners Definition of receipt

: a piece of paper on which the things that you buy or the services that you pay for are listed with the total amount paid and the prices for each

: the act of receiving something

receipts : money that a business, bank, or government receives


re·ceipt | \ ri-ˈsēt \

Kids Definition of receipt

1 : a written statement saying that money or goods have been received

2 : recipe

3 : the act of receiving I acknowledged receipt of the letter.

4 receipts plural : something received Put the receipts from the sale in a safe place.


re·ceipt | \ ri-ˈsēt \

Legal Definition of receipt 

1 : the act, process, or fact of taking possession

2 : something (as income) received usually used in pl.

3 : a writing acknowledging the receiving of goods or money

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