- Robert J(oseph),born 1923, U.S. politician: senator 1969–96.
- Sanford Ballard,1844–1926, U.S. politician and jurist in Hawaii: president of Republic of Hawaii 1894–98; first territorial governor 1900–03.
- a small portion or share, as of money or food, given to a poor person
- the act of giving or distributing such portions
- the dole British informal money received from the state while out of work
- on the dole British informal receiving such money
- archaic fate
- (tr usually foll by out) to distribute, esp in small portions
- archaic grief or mourning
Word Origin and History for sanford b dole
Old English dal "state of being divided; sharing, giving out," shortened from gedal "portion," related to dæl "deal," from Proto-Germanic *dailiz (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon del, Middle Dutch deil, Dutch deel, Old High German teil, German Teil). On the dole is 1920s.
"hand out charity," mid-15c., from dole (n.). Related: Doled; doling.