noun, plural se·cu·ri·ties.
- something given or deposited as surety for the fulfillment of a promise or an obligation, the payment of a debt, etc.
- one who becomes surety for another.
- securities and exchange commission,
- securities and investments board,
- securities exchange act,
- security analyst,
- security blanket,
- security council,
- security guard,
- security of tenure
Origin of security
Examples from the Web for securities
Minnesota-based securities brokerage and investment banking company.After Hobby Lobby, These 82 Corporations Could Drop Birth Control Coverage|Abby Haglage|June 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And there was no crime, just allegations by the Securities and Exchange Commission about a 16-year-old kid.
In truth, the securities were ones that Goldman already owned but which were proving iffy at best.
Salem personally selected 40 percent of the securities from the Goldman inventory.
And Christie, it should be noted, is himself a securities and appellate lawyer.
This means that a comparatively limited number of debtors are called upon to sell their securities.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
He would be prudent and Europe was wide, and he meant to leave English grants and securities severely alone.The Nest of the Sparrowhawk|Baroness Orczy
It appears that he has borrowed money on some securities left in his charge by a client, or something of that sort.John Marsh's Millions|Charles Klein
And suppose I had not had the securities which I have sacrificed?File No. 113|Emile Gaboriau
Within a year or so an aged stock-broker, named Bancroft, was robbed on the street of one hundred thousand dollars in securities.Courts and Criminals|Arthur Train
noun plural -ties
- a certificate of creditorship or property carrying the right to receive interest or dividend, such as shares or bonds
- the financial asset represented by such a certificate
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).
In addition to the idiom beginning with security
- security blanket
- lull into (false sense of security)