[ brey-kij ]
/ ˈbreɪ kɪdʒ /


the act of breaking; state of being broken.
the amount or quantity of things broken: There was a great deal of breakage in that shipment of glassware.
an allowance or compensation for the loss or damage of articles broken in transit or in use.
the money accrued by a racetrack from calculating the payoff to winning pari-mutuel bettors only in multiples of dimes for each dollar bet.

Origin of breakage

First recorded in 1805–15; break + -age

Related forms

re·break·age, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for breakage


/ (ˈbreɪkɪdʒ) /


the act or result of breaking
the quantity or amount brokenthe total breakage was enormous
compensation or allowance for goods damaged while in use, transit, etc

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