noun al·low·ance \ə-ˈla-ən(t)s\

: an amount of money that is given to someone regularly or for a specific purpose

: a small amount of money that is regularly given to children by their parents

: an amount of something (such as time) that is allowed or available

Full Definition of ALLOWANCE

a :  a share or portion allotted or granted
b :  a sum granted as a reimbursement or bounty or for expenses <salary includes cost-of-living allowance>; especially :  a sum regularly provided for personal or household expenses <each child has an allowance>
c :  a fixed or available amount <provide an allowance of time for recreation>
d :  a reduction from a list price or stated price <a trade-in allowance>
:  an imposed handicap (as in a horse race)
:  an allowed dimensional difference between mating parts of a machine
:  the act of allowing :  permission
:  a taking into account of mitigating circumstances or contingencies <the plan makes no allowance for bad weather>

Examples of ALLOWANCE

  1. a monthly allowance for household expenses
  2. Each of their children gets a weekly allowance of five dollars.
  3. the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C
  4. the tax allowance for married couples
  5. They performed poorly, but allowances should be made for their inexperience.

First Known Use of ALLOWANCE

14th century

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Definition of ALLOWANCE

transitive verb
archaic :  to put on a fixed allowance (as of food and drink)
archaic :  to supply in a fixed or regular quantity

First Known Use of ALLOWANCE

ALLOWANCING Defined for Kids


noun al·low·ance \ə-ˈla-əns\

Definition of ALLOWANCE for Kids

:  an amount of money given regularly for a specific purpose <He earns his weekly allowance.>
:  a share given out <an allowance of time>
:  the act of considering things that could affect a result


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