preference shares

preference shares
N-PLURAL
Preference shares are shares in a company that are owned by people who have the right to receive part of the company's profits before the holders of ordinary shares are paid. They also have the right to have their capital repaid if the company fails and has to close. Compare ordinary shares. [BRIT, BUSINESS]
(in AM use preferred stock)

English dictionary. 2008.

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