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[stahy-pend] /ˈstaɪ pɛnd/
a periodic payment, especially a scholarship or fellowship allowance granted to a student.
fixed or regular pay; salary.
Origin of stipend
late Middle English
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 forms
stipendless, adjective
1, 2. See pay1 . Unabridged
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  • The government doesn't require him to work, though he might take a job to supplement his yearly stipend of rice.
  • The homeless get a monthly stipend from the city and state governments, and free food from religious groups.
  • The district will still pay the coach's stipend, but parents will have to step in.
  • The faculty are given course release time to edit the journal and a small stipend.
  • It will include a stipend, relocation funds, and health benefits.
  • That's no small amount, particularly for those of us who have been living on a graduate student stipend for however many years.
  • Part of the conditions for receiving my grad school stipend hinged on my not working at another job.
  • In many cases they receive free tuition and sometimes a stipend.
  • They can skip the required military service, can obtain reserved spots in the universities and also receive a small stipend.
  • The stipend is payable during the course of study and during vacation periods when members are not on active duty.
British Dictionary definitions for stipend


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

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

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