[trahnch, trahnsh; French trahnsh]
  1. Finance.
    1. one part or division of a larger unit, as of an asset pool or investment: The loan will be repaid in three tranches.
    2. a group of securities that share a certain characteristic and form part of a larger offering: The second tranche of the bond issue has a five-year maturity.
  2. any part, division, or installment: We’ve hired the first tranche of researchers.
verb (used with object), tranched, tranch·ing.
  1. Finance. to divide into parts: tranched debt; A credit portfolio can be tranched into a variety of components that are then further subdivided.

Origin of tranche

1930–35; < French: literally, ‘a slice’ < Old French, <trenchier, trancher ‘to cut’; see trench Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of tranche

Historical Examples of tranche

  • From the word "Tranche" it might be supposed that it was a relic of the Great War.

  • The 'chose vue,' the 'tranche de la vie'—this was the thing to aim at.

    And Even Now

    Max Beerbohm

  • The first tranche is available to any country, which demonstrates efforts to overcome its BOP problems.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • A country can draw no more than 25% of its quota in the first tranche of a loan that it receives from the IMF.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • The front cut the "tranche de Calonne" a little to the south-west of Saint-Rmy.

British Dictionary definitions for tranche


  1. a portion or instalment, esp of a loan or share issue

Word Origin for tranche

from French, literally: a slice
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for tranche

c.1500, from French tranche, from trancher, trencher "to cut" (see trench). Economic sense is from 1930.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper