Definition of voucher in English:



  • 1A small printed piece of paper that entitles the holder to a discount, or that may be exchanged for goods or services.

    • ‘Parents are given a voucher or certificate by the government to pay for all or part of tuition if they decide to send their child to a private or parochial school.’
    • ‘The return leg was cancelled and 156 exhausted passengers given meal vouchers and offered accommodation in Rome.’
    • ‘These vouchers entitle the bearer to CrossRail tickets (at a marginal rate).’
    • ‘The cutbacks cover the costs of new monthly $65 pensions and food vouchers for seniors, single mothers, and disabled people.’
    • ‘Gift vouchers are available from the hotel and make a great Christmas treat.’
    • ‘However, employers will not be under any obligation to offer childcare vouchers.’
    • ‘The privatization process began in late 1992, after all citizens had become entitled to a voucher that could be exchanged for shares in the new private companies.’
    • ‘He started out with a simple discount club, offering individuals discount vouchers in return for an annual fee.’
    • ‘Twice a year dividend vouchers are mailed to card holders, and these can be exchanged for cash at any Co-Op outlet.’
    • ‘A massive voucher privatization program turned more than 60 million people into shareholders of Russian businesses.’
    • ‘All entrants will receive £20 worth of discount vouchers for Vodafone services.’
    • ‘Hundreds of readers completed vouchers, printed in the paper, to lodge their support.’
    • ‘With unwanted gifts the shop is not required to offer you a refund, though many will offer an exchange, credit vouchers, or refund, as long as you have a receipt.’
    • ‘Under the current system councillors found most pensioners were exchanging rail vouchers at the station for an £18 rail card.’
    • ‘It was alleged that some politicians had been fraudulently claiming for accommodation and car hire using their parliamentary travel vouchers.’
    • ‘Similar to mobile phone top-up vouchers, the new voucher has a unique credit card number and a set credit limit.’
    • ‘Members of Parliament and their spouses and dependants receive a certain number of vouchers from Parliament to entitle them to free air travel.’
    • ‘Points can be used to reduce British Gas and Television Licence bills or be exchanged for shopping vouchers.’
    • ‘If you book before November 30 you will receive a discount voucher off our next event.’
    • ‘Junior season-ticket holders must exchange their vouchers for a ticket.’
    coupon, token, ticket, document, certificate, licence, permit, carnet, pass, paper, card, form, deed
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    1. 1.1British A receipt.
      • ‘Tangretti provided copies of his vouchers, receipts and backup documentation for last year, except for itemized lists of phone charges.’
      • ‘Thus providing services after accepting a signed credit card voucher did not fall within the provision.’
      • ‘You will also need share vouchers, and certificates of deduction of tax from bank and building society accounts.’
      • ‘My autograph is only requested on credit card vouchers.’
      • ‘Along with cash, police said they were told the vault contained receipts and vouchers which detailed how funds should be received and disbursed.’
      proof of purchase, sales slip, sales ticket, till receipt
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Early 17th century: from vouch.