• WordNet 3.6
    • n counterfoil the part of a check that is retained as a record
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Counterfoil That part of a tally, formerly in the exchequer, which was kept by an officer in that court, the other, called the stock, being delivered to the person who had lent the king money on the account; -- called also counterstock.
    • Counterfoil The part of a writing (as the stub of a bank check) in which are noted the main particulars contained in the corresponding part, which has been issued.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n counterfoil That part of a tally formerly struck in the English Exchequer which was kept by an officer in that court, the other, called the stock, being delivered to the person who had lent the king money on the account. Also called counterstock.
    • n counterfoil A part of a document, such as a bank-check or draft, which is retained by the person givingthe document, and on which is written a memorandum of the main particulars contained in the principal document; a stub.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Counterfoil the corresponding part of a bank cheque, &c., retained by the giver
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Counter-, + foil, a leaf
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. contra, against.


In literature:

Her father then insisted upon her looking over his checkbook and reading the counterfoils.
"The Woodlanders" by Thomas Hardy
One hand was full of papers, tickets, counterfoils of tourists.
"Twelve Stories and a Dream" by H. G. Wells
Gyp, who was sitting at her bureau, seemed to be adding up the counterfoils in her cheque-book.
"Beyond" by John Galsworthy
He took an opportunity, when the young man's back was turned, of examining his counterfoils.
"The Island Pharisees" by John Galsworthy
He looked at it, and read the counterfoil of the cheque she had given to Alice Tynemouth.
"The Judgment House" by Gilbert Parker
They consulted the counterfoils in the traffic-book.
"The Hollow Needle" by Maurice Leblanc
Sir Charles was debited with 5000 pounds more than the total amount that was shown on the counterfoils.
"An African Millionaire" by Grant Allen
Yes, there was the counterfoil, fresh as a new wound, from which indeed his bank account was profusely bleeding.
"Prose Fancies" by Richard Le Gallienne
But, you see, most of my counterfoils are blank!
"The Upas Tree" by Florence L. Barclay
Indeed, it is the institutional counterfoil of these establishments.
"An Inquiry Into The Nature Of Peace And The Terms Of Its Perpetuation" by Thorstein Veblen
He turned over piles of dusty cheque-counterfoils, and old pass-books and other old books of account.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
From a recess he drew out a cheque-book and examined the counterfoils of the used cheques with interest.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
He wrote rapidly, and finally tore the draft from its counterfoil and blotted it.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, December 23, 1914" by Various
Where is the counterfoil?
"The Ivory Gate, a new edition" by Walter Besant
Then he took a cheque-book from his pocket and turned over the counterfoils till he came to the last balance.
"The Soul Stealer" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
Tearing it from its counterfoil, he gave it to her.
"The Pauper of Park Lane" by William Le Queux

In news:

Harold Brodkey's big book The Runaway Soul appears before us trailing a long prepublication history, many high commendations, and a counterfoil of questioning if not derogatory comments.