AskDefine | Define endowment

Dictionary Definition



1 natural qualities or talents [syn: gift, talent, natural endowment]
2 the capital that provides income for an institution [syn: endowment fund]
3 the act of endowing with a permanent source of income; "his generous endowment of the laboratory came just in the nick of time"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • italbrac UK: /ɪnˈdaʊmənt/, /In"daUm@nt/ or /ɛnˈdaʊmənt/, /En"daUm@nt/
  • italbrac US: , /ɛnˈdaʊmənt/, /En"daUm@nt/


  1. Something with which a person or thing is endowed.
    Every man is endowed with free will, that is our greatest endowment.
  2. Money received only the interest earned on which may be spent.
    Rich alumni have given Harvard an endowment worth billions, the interest on which supports the college handsomely.
  3. The penis.
    She was very impressed by his endowment.


  • (something with which a person or thing is endowed): gift
  • (money received only the interest earned on which may be spent):
  • (informal, humorous: the penis):

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Related terms


something with which a person or thing is endowed
  • Dutch: gift
  • Finnish: lahja
money received of which only the interest earned on it may be spent
  • Dutch: dotatie
  • Finnish: lahjoitus
informal, humorous: the penis
  • Dutch: deel
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Extensive Definition

Endowment may refer to many things:



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