Origin of budget

1400–50; late Middle English bowgett < Middle French bougette (bouge bag (< Latin bulga; see bulge) + -ette -ette)
Related formsbudg·et·ar·y [buhj-i-ter-ee] /ˈbʌdʒ ɪˌtɛr i/, adjectivebudg·et·er, nounnon·budg·et·ar·y, adjectivepre·budg·et, noun, adjectivepre·budg·et·ar·y, adjectivepro-budg·et·ing, adjectivere·budg·et, verb (used with object), re·budg·et·ed, re·budg·et·ing.un·budg·et·ed, adjective
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  • How to make sure that the expenditures match and do not exceed the budgetary items.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • Budgetary investment funds are being increasingly concentrated on projects in the fields of services and raw materials production.

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    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

  • Information on budgetary practices is not available, and statistics relating to the budget are incomplete.

  • The budgetary position of Italy is perhaps a little superior to that of France.

  • But if this is the budgetary position of France and Italy, that of the rest of belligerent Europe is yet more desperate.

British Dictionary definitions for budgetary



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

verb -gets, -geting or -geted

(tr) to enter or provide for in a budget
to plan the expenditure of (money, time, etc)
(intr) to make a budget
Derived Formsbudgetary, adjective

Word Origin for budget

C15 (meaning: leather pouch, wallet): from Old French bougette, diminutive of bouge, from Latin bulga, of Gaulish origin; compare Old English bælg bag



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
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Word Origin and History for budgetary



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.

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