noun \ˈdi-və-ˌdend, -dənd\

finance : an amount of a company's profits that the company pays to people who own stock in the company

: an advantage or benefit that you get because of something you have done

mathematics : a number that is being divided by another number

Full Definition of DIVIDEND

:  an individual share of something distributed: as
a :  a share in a pro rata distribution (as of profits) to stockholders
b :  a share of surplus allocated to a policyholder in a participating insurance policy
a :  a resultant return or reward <our efforts are finally paying dividends>
b :  bonus
a :  a number to be divided
b :  a sum or fund to be divided and distributed
div·i·dend·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of DIVIDEND

  1. Profits are distributed to shareholders as dividends.
  2. <the reward money was an unexpected dividend for our good deed>

Origin of DIVIDEND

Middle English divident, from Latin dividendus, gerundive of dividere
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Economics Terms

actuary, compound interest, globalization, indemnity, portfolio, rentier, stagflation, usurer


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Individual share of earnings distributed among stockholders of a corporation or company in proportion to their holdings. Usually paid in cash, dividends may also be distributed in the form of additional shares of stock. Preferred stockholders receive a preferential dividend, usually at a fixed rate; common stockholders get a portion of what remains after payment of the dividends on preferred stock.


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