- Sometimes tithes. the tenth part of agricultural produce or personal income set apart as an offering to God or for works of mercy, or the same amount regarded as an obligation or tax for the support of the church, priesthood, or the like.
- any tax, levy, or the like, especially of one-tenth.
- a tenth part or any indefinitely small part of anything.
- to give or pay a tithe or tenth of (produce, money, etc.).
- to give or pay tithes on (crops, income, etc.).
- to exact a tithe from (a person, community, parish, etc.).
- to levy a tithe on (crops, income, etc.).
- to give or pay a tithe.
Origin of tithe
- (often plural) Christianity a tenth part of agricultural or other produce, personal income, or profits, contributed either voluntarily or as a tax for the support of the church or clergy or for charitable purposes
- any levy, esp of one tenth
- a tenth or very small part of anything
- to exact or demand a tithe or tithes from (an individual or group)
- to levy a tithe upon (a crop or amount of produce, etc)
- (intr) to pay a tithe or tithes
Word Origin for tithe
Old English teogoþa (Anglian), teoþa (West Saxon) "tenth," from Proto-Germanic *tegunthon, *tekhunthon. Retained in ecclesiastical sense while the form was replaced in ordinal use by tenth (influenced by ten).
Old English teoþian, from the root of tithe (n.). Related: Tithed; tithing.