[fis-kuh l]


of or relating to the public treasury or revenues: fiscal policies.
of or relating to financial matters in general.


(in some countries) a prosecuting attorney.
Philately. a revenue stamp.

Origin of fiscal

From the Latin word fiscālis, dating back to 1530–40. See fisc, -al1
Related formsfis·cal·ly, adverbnon·fis·cal, adjectivenon·fis·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-fis·cal, adjectivequa·si-fis·cal·ly, adverbun·fis·cal, adjectiveun·fis·cal·ly, adverb

Synonyms for fiscal

1. See financial. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fiscally



of or relating to government finances, esp tax revenues
of or involving financial matters


  1. (in some countries) a public prosecutor
  2. Scot short for procurator fiscal
a postage or other stamp signifying payment of a tax
Derived Formsfiscally, adverb

Word Origin for fiscal

C16: from Latin fiscālis concerning the state treasury, from fiscus public money; see fisc
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Word Origin and History for fiscally



1560s, "pertaining to public revenue," from Middle French fiscal, from Late Latin fiscalis "of or belonging to the state treasury," from Latin fiscus "treasury," originally "purse, basket made of twigs (in which money was kept)," of unknown origin. The general sense of "financial" (1865, American English) was abstracted from phrases like fiscal calendar, fiscal year. Related: Fiscally.

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