Wordsmith.org: the magic of words


About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  


Today's Word

Yesterday's Word




Pronunciation RealAudio

usance (YOO-zuhns) noun

1. The customary length of time allowed for the settlement of a foreign bill.

2. Usage; custom.

[From Middle English, from Old French, probably from Vulgar Latin usare, from Latin uti (to use).]

See more usage examples of usance in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"The trading houses have also been denied issuance of usance trade bills by the banks." Year-End Export Climate Dim; The Korea Times (Seoul, South Korea); Nov 27, 1998.

"Such approval may be given even in cases where usance bills are to be drawn for the shipment, provided the relative letter of credit covers the full export." Submit Export Declaration to Authorised Dealer: RBI; Economic Times (New Delhi, India); Feb 13, 2004.

This week's theme: words from the world of money and finance.


If you torture data sufficiently, it will confess to almost anything. -Fred Menger, chemistry professor (1937- )

The Book:
A Word A Day is now a book. Find it in your local bookstore or at Amazon.com.

"A delightful, quirky collection." -The New York Times

Join Us:
Subscribe to A.Word.A.Day to receive it in your mailbox every day.

Anu on Words:
Writer Magazine
Globe & Mail 


Bulletin board

Moderated Chat

Readers' Voice

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 1994-2017 Wordsmith