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scrip1

[skrip] /skrɪp/
noun
1.
a receipt, certificate, list, or similar brief piece of writing.
2.
a scrap of paper.
3.
Finance.
  1. a certificate representing a fraction of a share of stock.
  2. a certificate to be exchanged for goods, as at a company store.
  3. a certificate indicating the right of the holder to receive payment later in the form of cash, goods, or land.
4.
paper currency in denominations of less than one dollar, formerly issued in the United States.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; earliest sense “scrap of paper” perhaps gradational variant of scrap1; subsequent sense development shows influence of script and subscription, with def. 3a specifically a shortening of subscription receipt
Related forms
scripless, adjective

scrip2

[skrip] /skrɪp/
noun, Archaic.
1.
a bag or wallet carried by wayfarers.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English scrippe < Medieval Latin scrippum pilgrim's pack < ?

scrip3

[skrip] /skrɪp/
noun, Informal.
1.
a prescription, as for a drug.
Origin
1965-70; shortening of prescription
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Examples from the web for scrip
  • scrip of this kind becomes, in effect, a proto-currency.
  • At one point, for structural reasons, the supply of scrip in circulation dwindled to a noticeable degree.
  • At the end of the day, farmers are reimbursed by the market for the amount of scrip they have received.
  • Therewith he took the gift in both hands, and set it there before his feet on his unsightly scrip.
  • When cash is scarce, such scrip is readily accepted by tradesmen.
British Dictionary definitions for scrip

scrip1

/skrɪp/
noun
1.
a written certificate, list, etc
2.
a small scrap, esp of paper with writing on it
3.
(finance)
  1. a certificate representing a claim to part of a share of stock
  2. the shares allocated in a bonus issue
Word Origin
C18: in some senses, probably from script; otherwise, short for subscription receipt

scrip2

/skrɪp/
noun
1.
(archaic) a small bag or wallet, as carried by pilgrims
Word Origin
C14: from Old French escreppe, variant of escarpescarf1

scrip3

/skrɪp/
noun
1.
(informal) a medical prescription
Word Origin
C20: short for prescription
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Word Origin and History for scrip
n.

"certificate of a right to receive something" (especially a stock share), 1762, probably shortened from (sub)scrip(tion) receipt. Originally "receipt for a portion of a loan subscribed," meaning "certificate issued as currency" first recorded 1790.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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scrip in the Bible

a small bag or wallet usually fastened to the girdle (1 Sam. 17:40); "a shepherd's bag." In the New Testament it is the rendering of Gr. pera, which was a bag carried by travellers and shepherds, generally made of skin (Matt. 10:10; Mark 6:8; Luke 9:3; 10:4). The name "scrip" is meant to denote that the bag was intended to hold scraps, fragments, as if scraped off from larger articles, trifles.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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