security

[ si-kyoor-i-tee ]
/ sɪˈkyʊər ɪ ti /

noun, plural se·cu·ri·ties.

adjective

of, relating to, or serving as security: The company has instituted stricter security measures.

Nearby words

  1. securities,
  2. securities and exchange commission,
  3. securities and investments board,
  4. securities exchange act,
  5. securitization,
  6. security analyst,
  7. security blanket,
  8. security council,
  9. security guard,
  10. security of tenure

Origin of security

1400–50; late Middle English securytye, securite(e) < Latin sēcūritās. See secure, -ity

Related formsnon·se·cu·ri·ty, noun, plural non·se·cu·ri·ties.o·ver·se·cu·ri·ty, nounself-se·cu·ri·ty, nounsub·se·cu·ri·ty, noun, plural sub·se·cu·ri·ties.

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British Dictionary definitions for securities

security

/ (sɪˈkjʊərɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

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Word Origin and History for securities

security

n.

mid-15c., "condition of being secure," from Latin securitas, from securus "free from care" (see secure). Replacing sikerte (early 15c.), from an earlier borrowing from Latin; earlier in the sense "security" was sikerhede (early 13c.); sikernesse (c.1200).

Meaning "something which secures" is from 1580s; "safety of a state, person, etc." is from 1941. Legal sense of "property in bonds" is from mid-15c.; that of "document held by a creditor" is from 1680s. Phrase security blanket in figurative sense is attested from 1966, in reference to the crib blanket carried by the character Linus in the "Peanuts" comic strip (1956).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for securities

securities

Written evidence of ownership or creditorship, such as bonds and stock certificates.

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Idioms and Phrases with securities

security

In addition to the idiom beginning with security

  • security blanket

also see:

  • lull into (false sense of security)
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