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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

A cheque (or check in American English) is a document that orders a payment of money from a bank account. The person writing the cheque, the drawer, has a transaction banking account (often called a current, cheque, chequing or checking account) where their money is held. The drawer writes the various details including the monetary amount, date, and a payee on the cheque, and signs it, ordering their bank, known as the drawee, to pay that person or company the amount of money stated.

See also

  • Allonge - slip of paper attached to a cheque used to endorse it when there is not enough space.
  • Blank cheque - cheque where amount has been left blank, figuratively a vague or open ended amount.
  • Certified check - guaranteed by a bank.
  • E-check - electronic fund transfer.
  • Hundi - historic Indian cheque like instrument.
  • Labour cheque - political concept to distribute goods in exchange for work.
  • Negotiable cow - urban legend where a cow was used as a cheque.
  • Remote deposit - scanning of cheques and transmitting to the bank electronically.
  • Substitute check - the act of scanning paper cheques and turning them into electronic payments.
  • Traveler's cheque - a pre-paid cheque that could be used to make payments in stores.

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