passbook


passbook

noun

  1. a bankbook.
  2. (formerly) a small book or ledger for each customer in which a merchant keeps a record of goods sold on credit and the amounts owed and paid.
  3. South African. reference book(def 2).

noun

  1. a book for keeping a record of withdrawals from and payments into a building society
  2. another name for bankbook
  3. a customer’s book in which is recorded by a trader a list of credit sales to that customer
  4. (formerly in South Africa) an official document serving to identify the bearer, his race, his residence, and his employment

n.also pass-book, 1828, from pass (v.) + book (n.); apparently the notion is of the document “passing” between bank and customer.

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