sti·​pend ˈstī-ˌpend How to pronounce stipend (audio)
: a fixed sum of money paid periodically for services or to defray expenses

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 The contract also provides a guideline for life and health insurance policies and housing stipends. Emma Healy,, 18 Sep. 2023 All told, each couple would receive some forty thousand dollars’ worth of medical services and stipends. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, 2 Sep. 2023 Board Chairwoman Nora Vargas said stipends will make a huge difference to young people wanting to serve their communities. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 July 2023 The cats, or more likely their owners, received a food stipend for keeping rodent numbers down. Christopher Parker, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Sep. 2023 Each fellow will receive approximately a $7,500 stipend each, along with a separate budget of $1,500 to host small gatherings for their peers within the program. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Sep. 2023 In August, the company told New York employees that a lunch stipend would be linked to an app that required a check-in from the office for access to the funds, according to two of the workers who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Emma Goldberg, New York Times, 15 Sep. 2023 Grindr offered a relocation stipend to remaining employees, and six months of severance pay to those who did not commit to in-office work. Caitlin Harrington, WIRED, 6 Sep. 2023 At the end of the program, students earn a $200 stipend and are given the opportunity to showcase their art to potential customers. Caleb Lunetta, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Stipend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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sti·​pend ˈstī-ˌpend How to pronounce stipend (audio)
: a sum of money paid at regular times for services or expenses

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