sti·​pend | \ ˈstī-ˌpend How to pronounce stipend (audio) , -pənd\

Definition of stipend

: a fixed sum of money paid periodically for services or to defray expenses

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Examples of stipend in a Sentence

He receives a small stipend for his work as a research fellow. the stipend you'll receive as an intern will just barely cover your housing costs

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While every festival has different requirements, the basis is to provide airfare, lodging, credentials, and sometimes a stipend to critics who qualify. Valerie Complex, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brie Larson Wants Captain Marvel to Change the Film Industry," 25 Mar. 2019 In some places, the local authorities require young adults to complete an internet literacy course to receive welfare benefits, such as a monthly stipend. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why we can’t stop debating whether Facebook sells data," 14 Dec. 2018 The actual cost, including wages, benefits, mileage reimbursement, a stipend for cellphones and software to document visits, is about $28, Ms. Landell says. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "Caregivers Do Double Duty to Make Ends Meet," 27 Oct. 2018 Medina has worked as Stoneman Douglas’ junior varsity baseball coach since 2011 and received a stipend of about $1,300 a year. Scott Travis,, "Parkland coach kept his job after district found he sexually harassed students," 15 June 2018 The term will last from Aug. 1 to July 31, 2021, and the recipient will receive an annual stipend of $2,500. Susan Dunne,, "Connecticut Taking Applications For Poet Laureate," 13 June 2018 Wisner earns $110,000 a year as assistant chief and will receive a stipend temporarily to match the chief’s $119,000 salary. Bill Leukhardt, Courant Community, "Southington Fire Getting Second Interim Chief Since February," 11 Jan. 2018 The Authority’s insistence on providing the stipends has long roiled Israel. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "Israel Penalizes Palestinians for Payments to Prisoners and ‘Martyrs’," 3 July 2018 Most of the awards are renewable for up to four years of college study and provide annual stipends ranging from $500 to $10,000 per year. Laura Groch,, "County students win National Merit Corporate Scholarships," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of stipend

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stipend

Middle English, alteration of stipendy, from Latin stipendium, from stip-, stips gift + pendere to weigh, pay

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The first known use of stipend was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of stipend

: a usually small amount of money that is paid regularly to someone

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