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[trahnch, trahnsh; French trahnsh] /trɑntʃ, trɑ̃ʃ; French trɑ̃ʃ/
  1. one part or division of a larger unit, as of an asset pool or investment:
    The loan will be repaid in three tranches.
  2. a group of securities that share a certain characteristic and form part of a larger offering:
    The second tranche of the bond issue has a five-year maturity.
any part, division, or installment:
We’ve hired the first tranche of researchers.
verb (used with object), tranched, tranching.
Finance. to divide into parts: tranched debt;
A credit portfolio can be tranched into a variety of components that are then further subdivided.
Origin of tranche
1930-35; < French: literally, ‘a slice’ < Old French, <trenchier, trancher ‘to cut’; see trench Unabridged
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  • From the word "tranche" it might be supposed that it was a relic of the Great War.

  • The 'chose vue,' the 'tranche de la vie'—this was the thing to aim at.

    And Even Now Max Beerbohm
  • The first tranche is available to any country, which demonstrates efforts to overcome its BOP problems.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • A country can draw no more than 25% of its quota in the first tranche of a loan that it receives from the IMF.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • The front cut the "tranche de Calonne" a little to the south-west of Saint-Rmy.

  • Cela (he would add with a grim smile) tranche la difficulte.

British Dictionary definitions for tranche


a portion or instalment, esp of a loan or share issue
Word Origin
from French, literally: a slice
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tranche

c.1500, from French tranche, from trancher, trencher "to cut" (see trench). Economic sense is from 1930.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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