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tranche

PRONUNCIATION:
(transh)

MEANING:
noun: A portion, especially of money, investment, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French tranche (slice), from trancher (to cut).

USAGE:
"Some of the banks, including Central Bank of India and Vijaya Bank, have already received the first tranche of capital."
Mergers of Public Sector Banks Favoured; Business Standard (Mumbai, India); Mar 31, 2009.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Poetry, indeed, cannot be translated; and, therefore, it is the poets that preserve the languages; for we would not be at the trouble to learn a language if we could have all that is written in it just as well in a translation. But as the beauties of poetry cannot be preserved in any language except that in which it was originally written, we learn the language. -Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784)

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