- The definition of a tithe is a tax, a small collection, or a tenth of your income given to a church.
- An example of a tithe is an offering given at a service.
- An example of a tithe is a promised pledge given to a Methodist church.
- To tithe means to pay an offering or a tax.
An example of tithe is to give a portion of your earnings each month to your church.
- one tenth of the annual produce of one's land or of one's annual income, paid as a tax or contribution to support a church or its clergy
- a tenth part
- any small part
- any tax or levy
Origin of titheMiddle English ; from Old English teothe, contr. ; from teogotha, a tenth
transitive verbtithed, tithing
- to pay a tithe of (one's produce, income, etc.)
- to levy a tithe on or collect a tithe from
Origin of titheME tithen < OE teothian < the n.
- a. A portion of one's annual income contributed voluntarily or due as a tax, especially a contribution of one tenth of one's income for the support of the clergy or church.b. The institution or obligation of paying tithes.
- A tax or assessment of one tenth.
- a. A tenth part.b. A very small part.
verbtithed tithed, tith·ing, tithes
- To pay (a portion of one's income) as a tithe.
- To levy a tithe on.
Origin of titheMiddle English, tithe consisting of a tenth part of one's goods or income, from Old English tēotha, tenth, tithe; see dek&mlowring; in Indo-European roots.
- (archaic) A tenth.
- The tenth part of the increase arising from the profits of land and stock, allotted to the clergy for their support, as in England, or devoted to religious or charitable uses. Almost all the tithes of England and Wales are commuted by law into rent charges. Concept originates in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament).
- A contribution to one's religious community or congregation of worship.
- A small part or proportion.
- (archaic) Tenth.
(third-person singular simple present tithes, present participle tithing, simple past and past participle tithed)
Old English tēoþa (Old English underwent the Ingvaeonic nasal spirant law, which resulted in the elimination of the nasal consonant from Germanic *tehunþ-). Compare Icelandic tíund.