Definition of cheque in English:

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Pronunciation: /tʃɛk/
(US check)


An order to a bank to pay a stated sum from the drawer’s account, written on a specially printed form: they presented him with a cheque for £4,000 fees are payable by cheque or postal order
More example sentences
  • A bank that presents a cheque for payment on its customer's behalf acts as an agent.
  • Recently, my neighbour wrote me a cheque for her half of the cost of replacing our mutual boundary fence.
  • Credit card cheques look almost exactly the same as ordinary bank account cheques.


Early 18th century (originally denoting a counterfoil, or a form with a counterfoil): variant of check1, in the sense 'device for checking the amount of an item'.

Words that rhyme with cheque

beck, bedeck, check, Chiang Kai-shek, crosscheck, Czech, deck, dreck, exec, fleck, heck, hitech, keck, lek, neck, peck, Québec, rec, reck, sec, sneck, spec, speck, spot-check, tec, tech, Toulouse-Lautrec, trek, wreck

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