the poverty line

noun

Definition of the poverty line

: the level of income that makes it possible for a person to pay for basic food, clothing, and shelter families living below/at the poverty line

Learn More about the poverty line

Statistics for the poverty line

Cite this Entry

“The poverty line.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20poverty%20line. Accessed 9 December 2019.

Comments on the poverty line

What made you want to look up the poverty line? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

contradictory or incongruous words

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Semantic Drift Quiz

  • a twisty river
  • Which of the following was once a synonym for fun?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!