routing number

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English[edit]

A routing number shown here as a "bank sort code"

Etymology[edit]

routing + number

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

routing number (plural routing numbers)

  1. (US) A number used by a banking institution to designate a certain geographic area in order to sort inquiries and transactions and direct them to the correct district. It is usually shown at the bottom left of a check.
    • 1997 Uniform Commercial Code Law
    • If you voluntarily give information about your account (such as our routing number and your account number) to a party
      1999 Thomas Savings Directory
    • The eligible recipient of a routing number must be legally chartered or Licensed to collect or pay cash items such as...
      2003 Dude Where's My Country
    • Enter the financial institution's routing number and verify that