from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Paper money issued for temporary emergency use.
- n. A small scrap of paper, especially with a short list or schedule written on it.
- n. A provisional certificate entitling the holder to a fractional share of stock or of other jointly owned property.
- n. Such certificates considered as a group.
- n. Archaic A wallet, small satchel, or bag.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small medieval bag used to carry food, money, utensils etc.
- n. Small change.
- n. A scrap of paper.
- n. A document certifying possession of land, or in lieu of money.
- n. A share certificate.
- n. A medical prescription.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small bag; a wallet; a satchel.
- n. A small writing, certificate, or schedule; a piece of paper containing a writing.
- n. A preliminary certificate of a subscription to the capital of a bank, railroad, or other company, or for a share of other joint property, or a loan, stating the amount of the subscription and the date of the payment of the installments; When all the installments are paid, the scrip is exchanged for a bond share certificate.
- n. Paper fractional currency.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wallet; a bag; a satchel, as for travelers; especially, a pilgrim's pouch, sometimes represented as decorated with scallop-shells, the emblems of a pilgrim.
- n. In heraldry, a bearing representing a pouch or almoner, and supposed to be a pilgrim's scrip. It is often combined with a pilgrim's staff, or bourdon. See staff.
- n. A writing; a certificate, deed, or schedule; a written slip or list.
- n. A scrap of paper or parchment.
- n. In com., an interim or provisional document or certificate, to be exchanged, when certain payments have been made or conditions complied with, for a more formal certificate, as of shares or bonds, or entitling the holder to the payment of interest, a dividend, or the like; also, such documents or certificates collectively.
- n. Fractional paper money: so called in the United States during and after the civil war.
- n. An abbreviation of Scripture.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a certificate whose value is recognized by the payer and payee; scrip is not currency but may be convertible into currency
Perhaps alteration of script.
Short for subscription receipt, receipt for a portion of a loan.
Middle English scrippe.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
An aphetism of Old French escrepe ("purse, alms-bag"), a variant of escharpe, from Old Norse skreppa. (Wiktionary)
Probably from a conflation of script and scrap. (Wiktionary)
Abbreviation of subscription receipt. (Wiktionary)
Abbreviation of prescription. (Wiktionary)