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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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Examples from the web for stipends
  • At the other end of the spectrum, some companies are giving their employees stipends to encourage them to buy their own devices.
  • The government is also proposing a cheap-housing programme and a number of job-training stipends.
  • If our kids go to an elite school they'll either need some pretty sweet scholarships or grad school stipends.
  • And maybe married graduate students should get that as part of their stipends.
  • The government has proposed providing stipends to owners of milk cattle to prevent farmers from selling them or butchering them.
  • The taxability of stipends does not alter the relationship between fellows and sponsoring organizations.
  • We then support our fellows in full-time graduate studies by providing tuition funds, stipends, and benefits.
British Dictionary definitions for stipends


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 stipends



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

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