Meaning of cheque in English:


Pronunciation /tʃɛk/

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(US check)
  • An order to a bank to pay a stated sum from the drawer's account, written on a specially printed form.

    ‘they presented him with a cheque for £4,000’
    • ‘fees are payable by cheque or postal order’
    • ‘A bank that presents a cheque for payment on its customer's behalf acts as an agent.’
    • ‘Recently, my neighbour wrote me a cheque for her half of the cost of replacing our mutual boundary fence.’
    • ‘Credit card cheques look almost exactly the same as ordinary bank account cheques.’
    • ‘I like knowing I'm getting a discount and it beats writing cheques or joining the queues at the bank any day.’
    • ‘As his business is largely cash-based, he doesn't write a lot of cheques or have many debits and credits.’
    • ‘The second letter also said he had issued a cheque for payment which had been stopped by the bank.’
    • ‘Cash, cheques and postal orders, and debit card payments will be accepted.’
    • ‘Bear in mind that cheques and debit card payments will usually only require one signature.’
    • ‘All too often, dividend cheques are just deposited into our bank accounts and spent.’
    • ‘The days when cash, a cheque or a promissory note were the only methods of payment have passed.’
    • ‘Payment by the bidders will have to be in cash or bank guaranteed cheques.’
    • ‘Post offices accept either cash or bank guaranteed cheques according to the corporation.’
    • ‘I find it a nuisance having to write out a cheque as it is, let alone having to do it 11 times a month.’
    • ‘We are also keen to emphasise that there should be no cash donations, only cheques, bank drafts or credit card payments.’
    • ‘My mother has never paid a bill, written a cheque or drawn money from the bank in her life.’
    • ‘She also knew that she did not have the bank's authority to issue cheques when her account was overdrawn.’
    • ‘When a cheque is paid into a bank account, it will be shown as a credit, and money up to its value can be drawn out once the funds are cleared.’
    • ‘If you write a cheque, it's even easier, because then the bank has a record of who cashed it.’
    • ‘Many people have been handing over money and writing cheques to local branches of charities across the region.’
    • ‘The firm then sent their client a cheque for her award, less a deduction for their fees.’
    payment, settlement, money, fee


Early 18th century (originally denoting a counterfoil, or a form with a counterfoil): variant of check, in the sense ‘device for checking the amount of an item’.