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[div-i-dend] /ˈdɪv ɪˌdɛnd/
Mathematics. a number that is to be divided by a divisor.
Law. a sum out of an insolvent estate paid to creditors.
  1. a pro-rata share in an amount to be distributed.
  2. a sum of money paid to shareholders of a corporation out of earnings.
Insurance. (in participating insurance) a distribution to a policyholder of a portion of the premium not needed by the company to pay claims or to meet expenses.
a share of anything divided.
anything received as a bonus, reward, or in addition to or beyond what is expected:
Swimming is fun, and gives you the dividend of better health.
Origin of dividend
1470-80; < Latin dīvidendum thing to be divided, neuter gerund of dīvidere to divide
Related forms
superdividend, noun
5. allotment, portion. Unabridged
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  • But then his dividend payments or somethin' come to him and he pays right up in a lump.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Wherever an industry could pay a dividend, his ferret eyes found it.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • Before, however, a dividend is paid, a part of the profits is often carried to a “reserve 332 fund.”

  • He would confess that the present dividend of four per cent.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • Do you know that the three big gunpowder factories in Germany pay a dividend of fifteen per cent.

    General Bramble Andr Maurois
British Dictionary definitions for dividend


  1. a distribution from the net profits of a company to its shareholders
  2. a pro-rata portion of this distribution received by a shareholder
the share of a cooperative society's surplus allocated at the end of a period to members
(insurance) a sum of money distributed from a company's net profits to the holders of certain policies
something extra; bonus
a number or quantity to be divided by another number or quantity Compare divisor
(law) the proportion of an insolvent estate payable to the creditors
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dīvidendum what is to be divided; see divide
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Word Origin and History for dividend

late 15c., from Middle French dividende "a number divided by another," from Latin dividendum "thing to be divided," neuter gerundive of dividere (see divide). Mathematical sense is from 1540s. Meaning "portion of interest on a loan, stock, etc." is from 1620s. Related: Dividends.

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dividend in Science
A number divided by another. In the equation 15 ÷ 3 = 5, 15 is the dividend.
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dividend in Culture

dividend definition

A payment to the stockholders of a corporation from the corporation's earnings.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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