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letter of credit

noun
1.
an order issued by a banker allowing a person named to draw money to a specified amount from correspondents of the issuer.
2.
an instrument issued by a banker authorizing a person named to make drafts upon the issuer up to an amount specified.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45
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British Dictionary definitions for letter of credit

letter of credit

noun
1.
a letter issued by a bank entitling the bearer to draw funds up to a specified maximum from that bank or its agencies
2.
a letter addressed by a bank instructing the addressee to allow the person named to draw a specified sum on the credit of the addressor bank
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Encyclopedia Article for letter of credit

credit, letter of

order from a bank to a bank or other party abroad authorizing payment of money (up to a specified limit) to a person named in the letter. A letter of credit, unlike a bill of exchange (q.v.), is not negotiable but is cashable only by the paying bank

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