noun div·i·dend \ˈdi-və-ˌdend, -dənd\

Definition of dividend

  1. 1 :  an individual share of something distributed: such asa :  a share in a pro rata distribution (as of profits) to stockholders Profits are distributed to shareholders as dividends.b :  a share of surplus allocated to a policyholder in a participating insurance policy

  2. 2a :  a resultant return or reward our efforts are finally paying dividendsb :  bonus

  3. 3a mathematics :  a number to be dividedb :  a sum or fund to be divided and distributed


play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of dividend in a sentence

  1. Profits are distributed to shareholders as dividends.

  2. the reward money was an unexpected dividend for our good deed

Origin and Etymology of dividend

Middle English divident, from Latin dividendus, gerundive of dividere —see 1divide

First Known Use: 15th century

DIVIDEND Defined for English Language Learners


noun div·i·dend \ˈdi-və-ˌdend, -dənd\

Definition of dividend for English Language Learners

  • 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

DIVIDEND Defined for Kids


noun div·i·dend \ˈdi-və-ˌdend\

Definition of dividend for Students

  1. 1 :  a number to be divided by another number

  2. 2 :  an amount of a company's profits that is paid to the owners of its stock

Law Dictionary


noun div·i·dend \ˈdi-və-ˌdend\

Legal Definition of dividend

  1. 1 :  the part of corporate net earnings distributed usually periodically (as quarterly) to stockholders in the form of cash, additional shares, or property either as a set amount per share or a percentage of par value constructive dividend :  a benefit (as unreasonable compensation or use of corporate property) or transfer of funds from a corporation to a shareholder that is interpreted by a taxing authority as a dividend cumulative dividend :  a dividend distributed to preferred stockholders that is added to and paid with the next payment or future payments if not paid when due extraordinary dividend :  a dividend declared in addition to a regular dividend because of unanticipated profits or a nonrecurring increase of revenue

  2. 2 :  a share of the surplus earnings of a mutual insurance company paid to policyholders either in the form of cash disbursements or through reduction of premiums

  3. 3 :  a payment disbursed to investors from the income of a mutual fund

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