Word of the Every Other Day




an advance of money; loan.

By law the whole of the seafaring population of Britain was liable to serve the King at sea, and if a man was given an “imprest” or advance payment by a King’s agent — “taking the King’s shilling” — he had to serve. — Dudley Pope, Decision at Trafalgar, 1999

Off you go, see the foreign editor, get an imprest—don’t imagine you can squander money on this trip, though! — Eileen Arnot Robertson, Justice of the Heart, 1958

Imprest entered English in the late 1500s from the Anglo-Norman and Middle French prest, which described the action of lending.

Dictionary.com Entry and Pronunciation for imprest

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