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
Recent Examples on the Web One of Shoureshi’s first acts as president was to increase the housing stipend to $9,200 a month., "Oregon ethics commission investigating former PSU President Rahmat Shoureshi," 19 July 2019 In a separate vote, the Legislative Council — which acts when the Legislature is not in session — voted in favor of a housing stipend for legislative staffers who travel to Juneau during the annual session. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Legislative Council votes to put robot cameras in Alaska Capitol," 20 Dec. 2019 His mother’s estate provided him with a vanishingly small stipend. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, "How William Gibson Keeps His Science Fiction Real," 9 Dec. 2019 While Alabama raked in millions of dollars that went to his coaches and his athletic staff and to keep up the palatial infrastructure around him, Tagovailoa got tuition, room, board and a small cost-of-attendance stipend. Mike Finger,, "For NCAA, a month to forget," 16 Nov. 2019 And yes, their travel expenses will also be covered, along with a $1,500 ticket stipend to attend five different games. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "This Company Will Pay You $1,500 to Be Their First-Ever Tailgate Tourist," 23 Aug. 2019 Student proposals must be accepted by a faculty review board and are rewarded with college stipends. Austin Carr, Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area students earn college honors nationwide," 21 June 2019 For personal growth, Protiviti offers a sabbatical program that allows eligible consultants to take up to three months off to pursue their own personal passions and adventures, with a stipend. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "Ranking of the 2019 Top Companies to Work for in Arizona: Large Company Category," 13 June 2019 The compensation committee recommended all but a few of these stipends be eliminated. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "New York State Lawmakers Set to Receive First Pay Raise in Two Decades," 6 Dec. 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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21 Jan 2020

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“Stipend.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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