- An example of a dividend is an amount of money shared amongst many stockholders.
- An example of a dividend is a refund made to insurance policy holders from the the insurance company's profits.
- An example of a dividend is a bonus paid to customers as a special gift.
- the number or quantity to be divided
- a sum or quantity, usually of money, to be divided among stockholders, creditors, members of a cooperative, etc.
- an individual's share of such a sum or quantity
- a gift of something extra; bonus
- the refund made under some insurance policies to the insured from the year's surplus profit
Origin of dividendfrom Classical Latin dividendum, that which is to be divided from dividendus, gerund, gerundive of dividere
- Mathematics A quantity to be divided.
- a. A share of profits paid to a stockholder or to a policyholder in a mutual insurance society.b. A payment pro rata to a creditor of a person adjudged bankrupt.
- a. A share of a surplus; a bonus.b. An unexpected gain, benefit, or advantage.
Origin of dividendAlteration ( influenced by French dividende ) of Middle English divident from Latin dīvidēns dīvident- present participle of dīvidere to divide ; see divide .
dividend - Investment & Finance Definition
A distribution, typically quarterly, of a corporation’s earnings to its shareholders. Dividends can be paid in cash or stock. Sometimes, if a company has had a particularly good year, a special year-end dividend may be paid. If a company failed to make a profit, likely no dividend is paid. Some companies, such as growth companies, don’t issue dividends even when the company makes a profit. Their belief is that they can create a higher return for shareholders, through stock appreciation, by keeping the money and using it to expand the business. Often technology companies have this strategy.
dividend - Legal Definition