|the offspring of a zebra and a donkey.|
|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|
|—n , pl -dies|
|1.||a financial aid supplied by a government, as to industry, for reasons of public welfare, the balance of payments, etc|
|2.||English history a financial grant made originally for special purposes by Parliament to the Crown|
|3.||any monetary contribution, grant, or aid|
|[C14: from Anglo-Norman subsidie, from Latin subsidium assistance, from subsidēre to remain, from sub- down + sedēre to sit]|
A grant made by a government to some individual or business in order to maintain an acceptable standard of living or to stimulate economic growth.