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noun (1)

: a small bag or wallet


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noun (2)

: a short writing (such as a certificate, schedule, or list)
: a small piece
: any of various documents used as evidence that the holder or bearer is entitled to receive something (such as a fractional share of stock or an allotment of land)
: paper currency or a token issued for temporary use in an emergency


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noun (3)

Examples of scrip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Telecom major Safaricom, NSE’s biggest scrip by average capitalization, lost 36.4% of its value, adding to foreign investors’ fears. Faustine Ngila, Quartz, 27 Apr. 2023 If that happens, then the ticket credits will fly away, leaving tens of thousands of passengers holding worthless airline scrip. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, 9 Oct. 2020 The number of investors in the scrips increased from 857 to 55,343, Moneycontrol reported. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 2 Mar. 2023 Hudson began accepting scrip only for payments on charge accounts. Paul Vachon, Detroit Free Press, 27 Dec. 2021 Adam Bradley co-wrote the scrip with Nguyen. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Sep. 2022 Since the start of this year, the shares of Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG)-owned Reliance Power and Reliance Capital have risen by around 350% each, while the price of Reliance Infrastructure scrip has gone up by nearly 250%. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 12 July 2021 Back in the 1930s, coin collectors fueled a speculative rise in the value of the town's wooden scrip, according to Washington state online encyclopedia HistoryLink. Gregory Scruggs, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 July 2020 Guests must buy WildBucks scrip at stations throughout the park to pay for food, beverages and floating lanterns. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Arkansas Online, 22 Apr. 2022

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English scrippe, from Medieval Latin scrippum pilgrim's knapsack

Noun (2)

alteration of script

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (3)

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scrip was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Scrip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a document showing that the holder has the right to something (as stock or land)
: paper money made by the government for temporary use in an emergency

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