Definition of allowance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈlaʊəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈlaʊəns//
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  1. 1an amount of money that is given to somebody regularly or for a particular purpose an allowance of $20 a day a clothing/living/travel allowance Do you get an allowance for clothing? see also attendance allowance
  2. 2the amount of something that is allowed in a particular situation a baggage allowance of 20 kilos Roman soldiers received a salt allowance, called salarium, the origin of the word salary.
  3. 3(British English, specialist) an amount of money that can be earned or received before you start paying tax personal tax allowances
  4. 4(especially North American English) = pocket money
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French alouance, from alouer, from Latin allaudare ‘to praise’, reinforced by medieval Latin allocare ‘to place’, from ad- ‘to’ + locare, from locus ‘place’.Extra examples She spends her allowance on clothes. The company gives me a travel allowance. The recommended daily allowance of vitamin C is 60–90 milligrams. The weekly allowance for each child is £15. You may be entitled to a clothing allowance if your job requires it. You may be entitled to a housing allowance if you are in a low-paid job. You’re entitled to a baggage allowance of 28 kilos. an allowance of $25 Roman soldiers received a salt allowance, called salarium, the origin of the word ‘salary’. She gets a clothes allowance of $25 a month from her parents. The grant includes a travel allowance of £60 and a book allowance of £250. There is a maximum baggage allowance of 20 kilos. They receive an invalid care allowance for their disabled daughter.Idioms
    make allowance(s) for something
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    to consider something, for example when you are making a decision or planning something The budget made allowance for inflation. The plan makes no allowance for people working at different rates.
    make allowances (for somebody)
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    to allow somebody to behave in a way that you would not usually accept, because of a problem or because there is a special reason You have to make allowances for him because he’s tired.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: allowance