Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “poverty line”

See all translations

poverty line

noun [S] uk   us  
the official level of income that is needed to achieve a basic living standard with enough money for things such as food, clothing, and a place to live: In 1991 almost 36 million Americans were living below the poverty line.
Translations of “poverty line”
in Chinese (Traditional) 貧窮界線…
in Chinese (Simplified) 贫困线…
(Definition of poverty line from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of poverty line?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “poverty line” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

comma

the symbol , used in writing to separate parts of a sentence showing a slight pause, or to separate the single things in a list

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More