- an estimate, often itemized, of expected income and expense for a given period in the future.
- a plan of operations based on such an estimate.
- an itemized allotment of funds, time, etc., for a given period.
- the total sum of money set aside or needed for a purpose: the construction budget.
- a limited stock or supply of something: his budget of goodwill.
- Obsolete. a small bag; pouch.
- reasonably or cheaply priced: budget dresses.
- to plan allotment of (funds, time, etc.).
- to deal with (specific funds) in a budget.
- to subsist on or live within a budget.
Origin of budget
Related Words for budgetallocation, total, account, cost, allocate, calculate, means, funds, bulk, aggregate, statement, quantum, allowance, finances, resources, quantity, compute, apportion, predict, ration
Examples from the Web for budget
Contemporary Examples of budget
Community policing is expensive and, in an era of budget cuts, increasingly rare.How to Solve the Policing Crisis
January 5, 2015
The airplane was owned by an Indonesian budget carrier, Lion Air.Who Will Get AsiaAir 8501’s Black Boxes?
December 30, 2014
“Mostly people on a budget use it,” Franz Dobersberger, managing director of a Bangkok travel agency, told The Daily Beast.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370
December 29, 2014
It actually kept the government open all year and manage to pass something vaguely resembling a budget.Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive
December 29, 2014
But both of us being artists, and with no brand behind it, we were like, “Well, how do we do this on a budget?”#Setinthestreet: Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project
December 24, 2014
Historical Examples of budget
The budget for 1842 was produced under depressing circumstances.
The budget of the session of 1882 was presented by Mr. Gladstone April 24th.
The budget of the government introduced January 17th was unpopular.
But their budget of news was fairly prodigious, alike in range and quantity.In the Valley
He had done enough, he said: "Let the man trudge it who has lost his budget!"The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
- an itemized summary of expected income and expenditure of a country, company, etc, over a specified period, usually a financial year
- an estimate of income and a plan for domestic expenditure of an individual or a family, often over a short period, such as a month or a week
- a restriction on expenditure (esp in the phrase on a budget)
- (modifier) economical; inexpensivebudget meals for a family
- the total amount of money allocated for a specific purpose during a specified period
- archaic a stock, quantity, or supply
- (tr) to enter or provide for in a budget
- to plan the expenditure of (money, time, etc)
- (intr) to make a budget
Word Origin for budget
- the Budget an estimate of British government expenditures and revenues and the financial plans for the ensuing fiscal year presented annually to the House of Commons by the Chancellor of the Exchequer
early 15c., "leather pouch," from Middle French bougette, diminutive of Old French bouge "leather bag, wallet, pouch," from Latin bulga "leather bag," of Gaulish origin (cf. Old Irish bolg "bag," Breton bolc'h "flax pod"), from PIE *bhelgh- (see belly (n.)). Modern financial meaning (1733) is from notion of treasury minister keeping his fiscal plans in a wallet. Another 18c. transferred sense was "bundle of news," hence the use of the word as the title of some newspapers.
"to include in a (fiscal) budget," 1884, from budget (n.). Related: Budgeted; budgeting.