Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “allowance”

allowance

noun [C]     /əˈlaʊəns/
MONEY money that you are given regularly , especially to pay for a particular thing: a clothing allowanceGrants and allowances
AMOUNT an amount of something that you are allowed : The luggage allowance is 25 kilos .Allowing and permitting
make allowances for sb/sth to remember that someone has a disadvantage that is not their fault when you are judging their behaviour or work : They made allowances for the fact that he was sick .Generous and charitableCharity organizations
(Definition of allowance noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Definitions of “allowance” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

gastronomy

the art and knowledge involved in preparing and eating good food

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More