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[vou-cher] /ˈvaʊ tʃər/
a person or thing that vouches.
a document, receipt, stamp, or the like, that gives evidence of an expenditure.
a form authorizing a disbursement of cash or a credit against a purchase or expense to be made in the future.
written authorization; credential.
a piece of evidence or proof.
Early English Law.
  1. a person called into court to warrant another's title.
  2. the act of vouching another person to make good a warranty.
verb (used with object)
to pay for, guarantee, or authorize by voucher.
to prepare a voucher for.
1525-35; < Anglo-French voucher to vouch; orig. French infinitive used as noun but now taken as vouch + -er1
Related forms
voucherable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vouchers
  • Sponsor will not replace tickets, travel vouchers or certificates.
  • vouchers can be made to serve other objectives as well.
  • The second group received the same vouchers to help with rent but stayed in the same neighborhoods.
  • Kirk is pro-choice, and he opposes public funding for school vouchers.
  • For years, right-wing critics demanded vouchers and got nowhere.
  • Access to either could be gained by individuals through the use of educational vouchers.
  • Many more people were displaced from public housing than received vouchers.
  • To be eligible to receive funds through the vouchers, a candidate agrees not to raise any funds outside the system.
  • He wanted to get into the business of online vouchers.
  • Almost half--nearly the same percentage as in the general population--favor school vouchers.
British Dictionary definitions for vouchers


a document serving as evidence for some claimed transaction, as the receipt or expenditure of money
(Brit) a ticket or card serving as a substitute for cash: a gift voucher
a person or thing that vouches for the truth of some statement, etc
any of certain documents that various groups of British nationals born outside Britain must obtain in order to settle in Britain
(English law, obsolete)
  1. the summoning into court of a person to warrant a title to property
  2. the person so summoned
Word Origin
C16: from Anglo-French, noun use of Old French voucher to summon; see vouch
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Word Origin and History for vouchers



originally "summoning of a person into court to warrant the title to a property;" see vouch. Meaning "receipt from a business transaction" is first attested 1690s; sense of "document which can be exchanged for goods or services" is attested from 1947.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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vouchers in Culture

voucher definition

A credit of a certain monetary value that can be used only for a specified purpose, such as to pay for housing or for food. Food stamps are a kind of voucher.

Note: Some economists believe that goods and services supplied by the government would be provided more efficiently if vouchers that could be spent only on such goods and services were given to citizens, and private business competed to provide those goods and services.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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