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).

Definitions of dividend

n a number to be divided by another number

the dividend of a fraction
Type of:
a concept of quantity involving zero and units

n a bonus; something extra (especially a share of a surplus)

Type of:
bonus, incentive
an additional payment (or other remuneration) to employees as a means of increasing output

n that part of the earnings of a corporation that is distributed to its shareholders; usually paid quarterly

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stock dividend
a dividend paid in stock rather than in cash
extra dividend
a dividend paid in addition to the regular dividend
equalizing 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
Type of:
earnings, lucre, net, net income, net profit, profit, profits
the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)

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