[trahnch, trahnsh; French trahnsh]
- one part or division of a larger unit, as of an asset pool or investment: The loan will be repaid in three tranches.
- 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.
- any part, division, or installment: We’ve hired the first tranche of researchers.
- 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
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- 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
c.1500, from French tranche, from trancher, trencher "to cut" (see trench). Economic sense is from 1930.
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