Definition of American depositary receipt in English:

American depositary receipt

Syllabification: A·mer·i·can de·pos·i·tar·y re·ceipt
(abbreviation: ADR, also American depositary share)


(In the US) a negotiable certificate of title to a number of shares in a non-US company that are deposited in an overseas bank.
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  • While I invest most of my savings in mutual funds, I also own some American depositary receipts of Europe's biggest drugmaker, which I bought more than ten years ago.
  • You can browse among the hundreds of foreign companies that list their shares on U.S. exchanges using American depositary receipts.
  • Separately, lawsuits have been filed by investors in France and the U.S., where their American depositary receipts trade.

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