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.
Origin of security
Synonyms for security
Examples from the Web for security
Contemporary Examples of security
A Charlie Hebdo reporter said that security provision had been relaxed in the last month or so and the police car disappeared.
Security officials told Agence France-Presse that the gas station manager said he had recognized the two men.
Faal has some experience in both political and security matters, it seems.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
Still, the security on the vessels—big or small—is nonexistent.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 6, 2015
Pakistani security officials offer a more nuanced explanation.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
Historical Examples of security
We strive for peace and security, heartened by the changes all around us.
What security, that your rake will not follow you to the world's end?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
That his land may be fertile and he himself abide in security.The Babylonian Legends of the Creation
Unwilling to be disturbed, I readily believed all that lulled me in my security.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
In Evelyn's presence I feel a sense of peace, of security, of home!Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
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)