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
Examples from the Web for 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.
Still, the security on the vessels—big or small—is nonexistent.
Faal has some experience in both political and security matters, it seems.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country|Jacob Siegel|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Pakistani security officials offer a more nuanced explanation.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the former case, action has to contribute profit or security or consolation to a self.Human Nature and Conduct|John Dewey
Now I know that no one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person.Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ|Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
The worst of all abuses is to pay an apparent obedience to the laws, only in order actually to break them with security.The Social Contract & Discourses|Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Once we sit down in security the world seems to hand us things we do not need.Laugh and Live|Douglas Fairbanks
With this security I ought to be satisfied; for I believe no one inspires a lasting passion without sharing it.Leonora|Maria Edgeworth
British Dictionary definitions for security
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
Word Origin and History for security
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).
Idioms and Phrases with security
In addition to the idiom beginning with security
- security blanket
- lull into (false sense of security)