or check-out

[ chek-out ]
/ ˈtʃɛkˌaʊt /


the procedure of vacating and paying for one's quarters at a hotel.
the time before which a hotel room must be vacated if another day's charge is not to be made.
an examination of fitness for performance: The checkout of the new plane was successful.
a series of sequential actions to familiarize oneself with new equipment.
itemization and collection of amounts due for purchases: Retailers need to improve online checkout.
Also called checkout counter. a counter where customers pay for purchases: The supermarket has five checkouts.

Nearby words

  1. checking account,
  2. checklist,
  3. checkmark,
  4. checkmate,
  5. checkoff,
  6. checkpoint,
  7. checkpoint charlie,
  8. checkrail,
  9. checkrein,
  10. checkroom

Origin of checkout

1920–25, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase check out Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for checkout



1944, from check (v.) + out (adv.). Originally "training given to a pilot for using a specific aircraft;" hotel sense is from 1958.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper