IOU
noun Etymology: from the pronunciation of I owe you Date: 1795 1. a paper that has on it the letters IOU, a stated sum, and a signature and that is given as an acknowledgment of debt 2. debt, obligation

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  • IOU — noun [countable] informal something, usually a note, that you give to someone to show that you owe them a particular sum of money: • Commercial paper is a kind of corporate IOU. * * * IOU UK US /ˌaɪəʊˈjuː/ noun [C] INFORMAL ► ABBREVIATION …   Financial and business terms

  • IOU — [ī΄ō΄yo͞o′] n. pl. IOU s [for I owe you] an informally written, signed acknowledgment of a specified debt, characteristically bearing the letters IOU …   English World dictionary

  • IOU — may refer to:* IOU (debt), an acknowledgement of debt * I.O.U. (song), by jazz funk band Freeez * Investor owned utility * A song on the indie rock album Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? See also * IOYOU …   Wikipedia

  • IOU — [ ,aı ou ju ] noun count INFORMAL a piece of paper that you sign to say that you owe someone an amount of money. The letters IOU sound like the words I owe you …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • IOU — oder I.O.U. ist: ein englischer Ausdruck für Schuldschein (phonetisch sind I O U und I owe you [dt. Ich schulde Ihnen] identisch) eine Abkürzung für die Internationale Olympiajollen Union, der Klassenvereinigung der olympischen Bootsklasse von… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • IOU — a corrupted abbreviated form of the words I owe you . It is a written acknowledgement of a debt. It is not a negotiable instrument, like a cheque, but may be founded upon in court to make recovery of the sum more simple. Collins dictionary of law …   Law dictionary

  • Iou — iou, eou, lheou nm lac Gascogne …   Glossaire des noms topographiques en France

  • IOU — [ˌaı əu ˈju: US ou ] n informal [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: Representing I owe you] a note that you sign to say that you owe someone some money …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • IOU — (I owe you) ‚aɪəʊ juː n. signed note acknowledging a debt …   English contemporary dictionary

  • IOU — ► NOUN ▪ a signed document acknowledging a debt. ORIGIN representing the pronunciation of I owe you …   English terms dictionary

  • IOU — n. a signed document acknowledging a debt. Etymology: = I owe you * * * noun an informal debt instrument; representing I owe you • Hypernyms: ↑note, ↑promissory note, ↑note of hand * * * |ī(ˌ)ō|yü noun ( s) …   Useful english dictionary

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