[noun wawr-uh n-tee, wor-; verb wawr-uh n-tee, wor-]

noun, plural war·ran·ties.

an act or an instance of warranting; assurance; authorization; warrant.
  1. a stipulation, explicit or implied, in assurance of some particular in connection with a contract, as of sale: an express warranty of the quality of goods.
  2. Also called covenant of warranty.a covenant in a deed to land by which the party conveying assures the grantee that he or she will enjoy the premises free from interference by any person claiming under a superior title.Compare quitclaim deed, warranty deed.
  3. (in the law of insurance) a statement or promise, made by the party insured, and included as an essential part of the contract, falsity or nonfulfillment of which renders the policy void.
  4. a judicial document, as a warrant or writ.
a written guarantee given to the purchaser of a new appliance, automobile, or other item by the manufacturer or dealer, usually specifying that the manufacturer will make any repairs or replace defective parts free of charge for a stated period of time.

verb (used with object), war·ran·tied, war·ran·ty·ing.

to provide a manufacturer's or dealer's warranty for: The automaker warranties its new cars against exterior rust.

Origin of warranty

1300–50; Middle English warantie < Anglo-French (Old French guarantie). See warrant, -y3
Can be confusedguarantee guaranty warrantee warranty
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Historical Examples of warranty

  • Further, an elaborate system of warranty was connected with these warehouses.


    Theodor Hertzka

  • Truly, fair and holy love is our warranty, our only pass for entering into Heaven.

    The Golden Fountain

    Lilian Staveley

  • Mr. P. Yes, sir; but the form, in such a case, is the warranty.

  • Clearly, he ought to require the seller to give him a warranty.

  • I refer to the warranty which arose upon the transfer of property.

    The Common Law

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

British Dictionary definitions for warranty


noun plural -ties

property law a covenant, express or implied, by which the vendor of real property vouches for the security of the title conveyed
contract law an express or implied term in a contract, such as an undertaking that goods contracted to be sold shall meet specified requirements as to quality, etcan extended warranty
insurance law an undertaking by the party insured that the facts given regarding the risk are as stated
the act of warranting

Word Origin for warranty

C14: from Anglo-French warantie, from warantir to warrant, variant of Old French guarantir; see warrant
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Word Origin and History for warranty

mid-14c., legal term for various types of clauses in real estate transactions, from Anglo-French and Old North French warantie (Old French guarantie), from warant (see warrant (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

warranty in Culture


A guarantee of the quality of a product or service made by the seller to the buyer.

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