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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Definitions for imprest

  1. an advance of money; loan.

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Citations for imprest
By law the whole of the seafaring population of Britain was liable to serve the King at sea, and if a man was given an "imprest" or advance payment by a King's agent — "taking the King's shilling" — he had to serve. Dudley Pope, Decision at Trafalgar, 1999
Off you go, see the foreign editor, get an imprest—don't imagine you can squander money on this trip, though! Eileen Arnot Robertson, Justice of the Heart, 1958
Origin of imprest
Imprest entered English in the late 1500s from the Anglo-Norman and Middle French prest, which described the action of lending.