One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A slip of paper attached to the end of a document to give room for further endorsements.
appendix, codicil, postscript, afterword, tailpiece, rider, coda, supplement, accompanimentView synonyms
- ‘Across the country, banks are attaching allonges to original promissory notes, then using the attached allonge to allege their ownership of the note and their standing to foreclose.’
- ‘The endorsements are given either on the bill itself or an allonge, are expressed by the words bon pour aval or their equivalent, and signed.’
- ‘Allonges have had a way of magically appearing in collateral files while trials are in progress.’
- ‘I'm starting to wonder if we might have a serious fraud problem going on with blank endorsements and allonges.’
- ‘Frankly, no one should ever be using an allonge if there is room for an endorsement on the original note.’
Mid 19th century: French, ‘lengthening, drawing out’.
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