from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A certificate usually presented as a gift that entitles the recipient to select merchandise of an indicated cash value at a commercial establishment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A voucher entitling the bearer to a free product or service, intended to be purchased as a gift.
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Because this gift certificate was certainly extravagant enough for two meals, I asked Jennifer Huycke, my best friend and “sister of choice,” to go along.
And a gift certificate for a free consultation for something called Rolfing.
When the work was done and they moved their things over to Warren, the Fosters gave the Kulises an envelope containing a gift certificate for one free night at the Riverview Bed and Breakfast, where innkeepers Gloria and Trip Foster would offer them historic accommodations, a free continental breakfast and the use of folding chairs and binoculars and insect repellent if they wished to go and sit near the water.
Imagine my surprise when, as a gift, the group presented me with an unbelievably generous gift certificate to an exclusive five-diamond restaurant.