[ en-dou-muhnt ]
/ ɛnˈdaʊ mənt /


the act of endowing.
the property, funds, etc., with which an institution or person is endowed.
Usually endowments. an attribute of mind or body; a gift of nature.

Origin of endowment

1425–75; late Middle English < Anglo-French endowement; see endow, -ment
Related formsnon·en·dow·ment, nounre·en·dow·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for endowment


/ (ɪnˈdaʊmənt) /


  1. the source of income with which an institution, etc, is endowed
  2. the income itself
the act or process of endowing
(usually plural) natural talents or qualities
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Word Origin and History for endowment



mid-15c., "action of endowing," from endow + -ment. Meaning "property with which an institution or person is endowed" is from 1590s; that of "gift, power, advantage" is early 17c.

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