prize money


Definition of prize money 

1 : a part of the proceeds of a captured ship formerly divided among the officers and men making the capture

2 : money offered in prizes

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Epic Games wrapped up its weekly Fortnite Summer Skirmish series on Monday, crowning one victor and giving out $1.5 million in prize money after a four-day series of high-stakes tournament play between the game’s most skilled players. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Epic’s Summer Skirmish series was a beta for the future of competitive Fortnite," 6 Sep. 2018 The Jacksonville tournament had $5,000 in prize money to divide among the top finalists. Russ Bynum, Fox News, "'It just doesn't make sense': Gamers baffled by shootings," 27 Aug. 2018 The winner will get the majority of the prize money for their charity, with the other players getting a smaller portion for their charities as well. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "TBS to Host Its Second Celebrity E-Sports Tournament for Charity," 28 June 2018 The top 201 supporters of the winning team split a $200,000 chunk of the prize money. Bill Landis,, "Jae'Sean Tate, Andrew Dakich form Big Ten alumni team to compete for $2 million in The Basketball Tournament," 14 May 2018 And her plans to use a big chunk of the prize money on a new summer internship program for undergraduate minority students also may be unprecedented for Waterman winners. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Olson is first psychologist to win NSF’s Waterman award," 17 Apr. 2018 During a celebration to mark the award in The Seattle Times newsroom Monday afternoon, Baker said a portion of the prize money would help cover the costs of Seattle Times journalists attending investigative reporting workshops. Jessica Lee, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Times reporters win $50,000 Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting," 12 Feb. 2018 The tennis tournament, scheduled for August 28 through September 10, will award a total purse of $50.4 million, a $4 million (nine percent) increase over the total prize money in the 2016 US Open. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Here's How Much Prize Money the US Open Winners Get," 1 Aug. 2017 His nine senior victories in 1985, a single-season mark matched only by Hale Irwin 12 years later, put him atop the year’s earnings list with $386,000 in prize money, a record at the time. Richard Goldstein,, "Peter Thomson, Australian golfer with five British Open wins, dies at 88," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of prize money

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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