[ shoo r-i-tee, shoo r-tee, shur-i-tee, shur-tee ]
/ ˈʃʊər ɪ ti, ˈʃʊər ti, ˈʃɜr ɪ ti, ˈʃɜr ti /

noun, plural sur·e·ties.

Nearby words

  1. sure-footed,
  2. sure-handed,
  3. surefire,
  4. surefooted,
  5. surely,
  6. suretyship,
  7. surf,
  8. surf 'n' turf,
  9. surf and turf,
  10. surf bird

Origin of surety

1300–50; Middle English surte < Middle French; Old French seurte < Latin sēcūritāt-, stem of sēcūritās security

Related formso·ver·sure·ty, nounsub·sur·e·ty, noun, plural sub·sur·e·ties. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for surety


/ (ˈʃʊətɪ, ˈʃʊərɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

a person who assumes legal responsibility for the fulfilment of another's debt or obligation and himself becomes liable if the other defaults
security given against loss or damage or as a guarantee that an obligation will be met
obsolete the quality or condition of being sure
obsolete a means of assurance or safety
stand surety to act as a surety
Derived Formssuretyship, noun

Word Origin for surety

C14: from Old French seurte, from Latin sēcūritās security

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Word Origin and History for surety



c.1300, from Old French seurté, from Latin securitatem (nominative securitas) "freedom from care or danger, safety, security," from securus (see secure). Until 1966, the French national criminal police department was the Sûreté nationale.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper