traveler's check

noun

: a draft purchased from a bank or express company and signed by the purchaser at the time of purchase and again at the time of cashing as a precaution against forgery

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Bill Koch said that years later, their father discovered that $700 in traveler's checks were missing and believed that Frederick, who was visiting his parents at the time, had stolen them. New York Times, 13 Feb. 2020 Fidel Castro bought a bracelet for his sister (with traveler's checks), and Andy Warhol amassed a collection, including a bracelet of emeralds, rock crystal, and diamonds from the 1940s. Jill Gerston, ELLE Decor, 19 June 2012

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Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of traveler's check was in 1891

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Cite this Entry

“Traveler's check.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/traveler%27s%20check. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

traveler's check

noun
: a check that is paid for in advance like a money order, that is difficult to forge, and that will be replaced if lost or stolen

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