bill of exchange

/ˌbɪl əv ɪks'tʃeɪndʒ/ noun
a document, signed by the person authorising it, which tells another person or a financial institution to pay money unconditionally to a named person on a certain date
(NOTE: Bills of exchange are usually used for payments in foreign currency.)
to accept a bill to sign a bill of exchange to show that you promise to pay it
to discount a bill to buy or sell a bill of exchange at a lower price than that written on it in order to cash it later
COMMENT: A bill of exchange is a document raised by a seller and signed by a purchaser, stating that the purchaser accepts that he owes the seller money, and promises to pay it at a later date. The person raising the bill is the ‘drawer’; the person who accepts it is the ‘drawee’. The seller can then sell the bill at a discount to raise cash. This is called a ‘trade bill’. A bill can also be accepted (i.e. guaranteed) by a bank, and in this case it is called a ‘bank bill’.

Dictionary of banking and finance. 2015.

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