- money allowed to a successful party in a lawsuit in compensation for legal expenses incurred, chargeable to the unsuccessful party.
- money due to a court or one of its officers for services in a cause.
verb (used with object), cost or for 10, cost·ed; cost·ing.
verb (used without object), cost·ed or cost; cost·ing.
Verb Phrases past and past participle cost·ed or cost; present participle cost·ing.
- cossack hat,
- cost accounting,
- cost center,
- cost centre,
- cost keeper,
- cost ledger
Origin of cost
- the amount paid for a commodity by its sellerto sell at cost
- (as modifier)the cost price
verb costs, costing or cost
Word Origin for cost
c.1200, from Old French cost (12c., Modern French coût) "cost, outlay, expenditure; hardship, trouble," from Vulgar Latin *costare, from Latin constare, literally "to stand at" (or with), with a wide range of figurative senses including "to cost." The idiom is the same one used in Modern English when someone says something "stands at X dollars" to mean it sells for X dollars. The Latin word is from com- "with" (see com-) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).
late 14c., from Old French coster (Modern French coûter) "to cost," from cost (see cost (n.)).
see arm and a leg, cost an; at all costs; pretty penny, cost a.