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[vou-cher] /ˈvaʊ tʃər/
a person or thing that vouches.
a document, receipt, stamp, or the like, that gives evidence of an expenditure.
a form authorizing a disbursement of cash or a credit against a purchase or expense to be made in the future.
written authorization; credential.
a piece of evidence or proof.
Early English Law.
  1. a person called into court to warrant another's title.
  2. the act of vouching another person to make good a warranty.
verb (used with object)
to pay for, guarantee, or authorize by voucher.
to prepare a voucher for.
Origin of voucher
1525-35; < Anglo-French voucher to vouch; orig. French infinitive used as noun but now taken as vouch + -er1
Related forms
voucherable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for voucher
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  • I suppose he would have his Lordship's signing to this letter to be taken as a voucher for him.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • I signed for each of them a voucher, on a sheet of the hotel paper, for a photograph.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Yes, sir; and what's stranger still, I have a voucher for it.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
  • A voucher or written testimony to the truth of any statement.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • "I can give you a voucher for the whole amount," says Steele.

British Dictionary definitions for voucher


a document serving as evidence for some claimed transaction, as the receipt or expenditure of money
(Brit) a ticket or card serving as a substitute for cash: a gift voucher
a person or thing that vouches for the truth of some statement, etc
any of certain documents that various groups of British nationals born outside Britain must obtain in order to settle in Britain
(English law, obsolete)
  1. the summoning into court of a person to warrant a title to property
  2. the person so summoned
Word Origin
C16: from Anglo-French, noun use of Old French voucher to summon; see vouch
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Word Origin and History for voucher

originally "summoning of a person into court to warrant the title to a property;" see vouch. Meaning "receipt from a business transaction" is first attested 1690s; sense of "document which can be exchanged for goods or services" is attested from 1947.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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voucher in Culture

voucher definition

A credit of a certain monetary value that can be used only for a specified purpose, such as to pay for housing or for food. Food stamps are a kind of voucher.

Note: Some economists believe that goods and services supplied by the government would be provided more efficiently if vouchers that could be spent only on such goods and services were given to citizens, and private business competed to provide those goods and services.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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