[ in-den-cher ]
/ ɪnˈdɛn tʃər /


verb (used with object), in·den·tured, in·den·tur·ing.

to bind by indenture, as an apprentice.
Archaic. to make a depression in; wrinkle; furrow.

Nearby words

  1. indene,
  2. indent,
  3. indentation,
  4. indented,
  5. indention,
  6. indentured,
  7. indentured servant,
  8. independence,
  9. independence day,
  10. independence hall

Origin of indenture

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English word from Medieval Latin word indentūra. See indent1, -ure

Related formsin·den·ture·ship, nounun·in·den·tured, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for indenture


/ (ɪnˈdɛntʃə) /



Derived Formsindentureship, noun

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Word Origin and History for indenture



"contract for services," late 14c., from Anglo-French endenture, Old French endenteure "indentation," from endenter (see indent). Such contracts (especially between master craftsmen and apprentices) were written in full identical versions on a sheet of parchment, which was then cut apart in a zigzag, or "notched" line. Each party took one, and the genuineness of a document of indenture could be proved by juxtaposition with its counterpart. As a verb, 1650s, from the noun.

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