an itemized bill for goods sold or services provided, containing individual prices, the total charge, and the terms.
the merchandise or shipment itself.

verb (used with object), in·voiced, in·voic·ing.

to present an invoice to: The manufacturer invoiced our company for two typewriters.
to present an invoice for: five chairs invoiced and shipped last month.

verb (used without object), in·voiced, in·voic·ing.

to prepare or submit an invoice.
to have a value if or when inventoried: The merchandise in stock invoiced far more than we expected.

Origin of invoice

1550–60; variant of invoyes, plural of obsolete invoy, variant of envoy1
Related formsun·in·voiced, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for invoice

note, account, check, statement, IOU

Examples from the Web for invoice

Contemporary Examples of invoice

Historical Examples of invoice

  • He had to make the first payment on the invoice of that bankrupt stock.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • An invoice of his goods was presented to the agent, who had to certify to its correctness.

    Old Fort Snelling

    Marcus L. Hansen

  • To-morrow I will send the invoice of goods, which please to not give up.

    Behind the Scenes

    Elizabeth Keckley

  • While I was at work on the invoice book, I found what appeared to me to be an error.

    Desk and Debit

    Oliver Optic

  • Ain't you just put in an invoice of a pint of peanuts or another apple?

British Dictionary definitions for invoice



a document issued by a seller to a buyer listing the goods or services supplied and stating the sum of money due


  1. to present (a customer) with an invoice
  2. to list (merchandise sold) on an invoice

Word Origin for invoice

C16: from earlier invoyes, from Old French envois, plural of envoi message; see envoy 1
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Word Origin and History for invoice

1550s, apparently from Middle French envois, plural of envoi "dispatch (of goods)," literally "a sending," from envoyer "to send" (see envoy). As a verb, 1690s, from the noun.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper