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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Perhaps alteration of script.
Short for subscription receipt, receipt for a portion of a loan.
Middle English scrippe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

An aphetism of Old French escrepe ("purse, alms-bag"), a variant of escharpe, from Old Norse skreppa.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Probably from a conflation of script and scrap.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Abbreviation of subscription receipt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Abbreviation of prescription.


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  • You can't have a complete discussion of Appalachian music or labor without this word. Here is a very brief history of coal company scrip with some very cool photos of bi-metal scrip coins.

    May 23, 2009

  • also a medieval name for a clothing item:

    For he caught one by the legs, another by the scrip, another by the pocket, another by the scarf, another by the band of the breeches...

    -"Gargantua and Pantagruel"

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  • A corporate takeover offer where shares are offered in place of cash. This is tax advantageous because capital gains tax is halved if the shares are held for more than 12 months.

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