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prize money

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noun
  1. money offered, won, or received in prizes.
  2. a portion of the money realized from the sale of a prize, especially an enemy's vessel, divided among the captors.
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Origin of prize money

First recorded in 1740–50
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Examples from the Web for prize money

Historical Examples

  • So that I can draw my share of the prize-money, when we take that Britisher, sir.

    The Naval History of the United States

    Willis J. Abbot.

  • An estate of £7000 a year, besides heaps of prize-money funded.

    The Two Admirals

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • They got up as high as fifty thousand sols for prize-money and we just laughed at them.

    The Cosmic Computer

    Henry Beam Piper

  • As to prize-money, there proved to be very little of it for the captors.

    Raleigh

    Edmund Gosse

  • Colloquially the word means full of, or abounding in pay or prize-money.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth


British Dictionary definitions for prize money

prize money

noun
  1. any money offered, paid, or received as a prize
  2. (formerly) a part of the money realized from the sale of a captured vessel
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