[ pey-muh nt ]
/ ˈpeɪ mənt /


something that is paid; an amount paid; compensation; recompense.
the act of paying.
reward or punishment; requital.

Origin of payment

1300–50; Middle English, variant of paiement < Middle French. See pay1, -ment
Related formspro·pay·ment, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for payment

British Dictionary definitions for payment


/ (ˈpeɪmənt) /


the act of paying
a sum of money paid
something given in return; punishment or reward
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for payment



late 14c., from Old French paiement (13c.), from paiier (see pay (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper