• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bill-brokers persons who, being skilled in the money-market, the state of mercantile and personal credit, and the rates of exchange, engage, either on their own account or that of their employers, in the purchase and sale of foreign and inland bills of exchange and promissory notes: the business of Bill′-discount′ers, or discount-brokers, again, consists in discounting or advancing the amount of bills of exchange and notes which have some time to run before they come due, on the faith of the credit of the parties to the bill
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Low L. billa, from L. bulla, anything round, a knob, a seal appended to a charter, hence a document bearing a seal, &c. See Bull, an edict.


In literature:

Lucien started, as if the bill-broker had thrust a red-hot skewer through his heart.
"A Distinguished Provincial at Paris" by Honore de Balzac
At last Lheureux explained that he had a very good friend, Vincart, a broker at Rouen, who would discount these four bills.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
The bill-broker was no fool; he saw now how the land lay; he followed her down the stairs, and tried to stammer excuses.
"Foul Play" by Charles Reade
The bill-broker's fair-tressed young wife whispered of curiosity concerning him to Nataly.
"One of Our Conquerors, Complete" by George Meredith
There are two descriptions of "bill brokers," but the class bearing that designation purely deal with domestic bills only.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXII." by Various
They gave me all the information in their power, and introduced me to Mr. Halford's agent, a bill-broker, 46, Wall-street.
"Journal of a Voyage across the Atlantic" by George Moore
Abud & Son, bill-brokers, London, i.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
When acting thus the bill-broker is not a broker at all, as he deals as principal and does not act as agent.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
Two bill-brokers had stopped; two others were paralyzed.
"Lord George Bentinck A Political Biography" by Benjamin Disraeli
Bills drawn by importers against commodities placed in brokers' hands for sale.
"Up To Date Business" by Various
Another source of expense was the commissions paid to brokers for buying bills on the exchange.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
Bill brokers would only allow one-and-a-half per cent.
"Gossip in the First Decade of Victoria's Reign" by John Ashton
Then the broker put his hand in his vest pocket, and passed over several bank bills.
"The Missing Tin Box" by Arthur M. Winfield
Another widely used resource is the calling of loans made to bill brokers or discount houses.
"Banking" by William A. Scott
There 's no credit in belonging to a Parliament brought down to the meridian of soap-boilers and bankrupt bill-brokers.
"That Boy Of Norcott's" by Charles James Lever
The bill broker will discount these bills at, say, 4 per cent.
"Readings in Money and Banking" by Chester Arthur Phillips
The illustration of the bill-broker is particularly apt.
"The Place of Science in Modern Civilisation and Other Essays" by Thorstein Veblen
Were you obliged to exchange bills with any of the brokers, as I directed, to get the gold?
"Fashion and Famine" by Ann S. Stephens

In news:

Bill Selby, a real estate broker with Carolina Realty Advisors office in Charlotte, has received a charter member ship into the Family Care Real Estate Network.
One South African and three Indian drug companies have agreed to lower their prices for antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), in a deal brokered by former US president Bill Clinton.
When Bill Clinton recently brokered the historic handshake between Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat--the Kodak Moment that punctuated the accord between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization--we were filled with hope.
RISMEDIA, April 3, 2007-Online real estate broker Redfin Corporation has launched a real estate consumer's bill of rights.