- money offered, won, or received in prizes.
- a portion of the money realized from the sale of a prize, especially an enemy's vessel, divided among the captors.
Origin of prize money
First recorded in 1740–50
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Examples from the Web for prize money
So that I can draw my share of the prize-money, when we take that Britisher, sir.The Naval History of the United States
Willis J. Abbot.
An estate of £7000 a year, besides heaps of prize-money funded.The Two Admirals
J. Fenimore Cooper
They got up as high as fifty thousand sols for prize-money and we just laughed at them.The Cosmic Computer
Henry Beam Piper
As to prize-money, there proved to be very little of it for the captors.Raleigh
Colloquially the word means full of, or abounding in pay or prize-money.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
- any money offered, paid, or received as a prize
- (formerly) a part of the money realized from the sale of a captured vessel