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


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1, 2. See pay1.
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  1. a fixed or regular amount of money paid as a salary or allowance, as to a clergyman
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Word Origin

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 stipends



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

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