a periodic payment, especially a scholarship or fellowship allowance granted to a student.
fixed or regular pay; salary.

Origin of stipend

1400–50; late Middle English stipendie < Latin stīpendium soldier's pay, syncopated variant of *stipipendium, equivalent to stipi-, combining form of stips a coin + pend(ere) to weigh out, pay (see pend) + -ium -ium
Related formssti·pend·less, adjective

Synonyms for stipend

1, 2. See pay1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stipend

Contemporary Examples of stipend

Historical Examples of stipend

  • Oh, but for that a stipend of three hundred ducats is too little.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Does this mean that you are come to your senses on the score of a stipend, Ser Galeotto?

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • If you will, you shall have a yearly stipend out of the King's treasury?'

  • There are some of us who preach and live by it, who might do more to earn our stipend.

    Broken Bread

    Thomas Champness

  • The stipend is 300 a year, and I am told that there is a good house.

    The Hero

    William Somerset Maugham

British Dictionary definitions for stipend



a fixed or regular amount of money paid as a salary or allowance, as to a clergyman

Word Origin for stipend

C15: from Old French stipende, from Latin stīpendium tax, from stips a contribution + pendere to pay out
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Word Origin and History for stipend

early 15c., from Latin stipendium "tax, pay, gift," from stips "alms, small payment" + pendere "weigh" (see pendant).

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