A dividend is a bonus. If you buy a cup of coffee and the shop owner throws in a free muffin, that's a dividend. Your charm and loyal patronage are paying dividends!
If you own stock and your company has had a good year, you’ll probably get a dividend — a share of the profit the company pays to shareholders. You've probably also heard the word dividend in math class: if you've got 300 divided by 50, 300 is the dividend (and 50 is the divisor).
n that part of the earnings of a corporation that is distributed to its shareholders; usually paid quarterly
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a dividend paid in stock rather than in cash
a dividend paid in addition to the regular dividend
a dividend paid to compensate shareholders for losses resulting from a change in the dividend schedule
short for dividend; especially one paid by a cooperative society