[ dih-ben-cher ]
/ dɪˈbɛn tʃər /


a certificate of drawback issued at a custom house.


Origin of debenture

1425–75; late Middle English debentur < Latin dēbentur (mihi) there are owing (to me), 3rd person plural passive indicative of dēbēre to owe (see debt)

Related forms

de·ben·tured, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for debenture


/ (dɪˈbɛntʃə) /


Also called: debenture bond a long-term bond, bearing fixed interest and usually unsecured, issued by a company or governmental agency
a certificate acknowledging the debt of a stated sum of money to a specified person
a customs certificate providing for a refund of excise or import duty

Derived Forms

debentured, adjective

Word Origin for debenture

C15: from Latin phrase dēbentur mihi there are owed to me, from dēbēre to owe
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