[ 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)


de·ben·tured, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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 of debenture

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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