prize money
noun Date: 1726 1. a part of the proceeds of a captured ship formerly divided among the officers and men making the capture 2. money offered in prizes

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  • Prize money — Prize Prize (pr[imac]z), n. [F. prise a seizing, hold, grasp, fr. pris, p. p. of prendre to take, L. prendere, prehendere; in some senses, as 2 (b), either from, or influenced by, F. prix price. See {Prison}, {Prehensile}, and cf. {Pry}, and also …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prize money — n. [< PRIZE2] money made by taking a prize; specif., profit from the sale of an enemy ship and its cargo captured in war …   English World dictionary

  • Prize money — Generally, prize money or purse is a monetary prize awarded for winning or coming a place in a competition. Prize money also has a distinct meaning in naval warfare; it was a monetary reward paid out to the crew of a ship for capturing an enemy… …   Wikipedia

  • prize money — noun any money given as a prize (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑prize, ↑award * * * noun 1. a. : a part of the proceeds of a captured ship or other property taken as a prize that was formerly divided among the officers and men of the ship making the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • prize money — n. money won or given as a prize; money obtained through the sale of plunder …   English contemporary dictionary

  • prize money — prize′ mon ey n. 1) money offered, won, or received in prizes 2) a portion of the money realized from the sale of a prize, esp. an enemy s vessel, divided among the captors • Etymology: 1740–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • prize money — A sum of money offered by way of a reward to the winner of a contest or as the stake in a lottery. The purse or stake in a prize fight. The proceeds of the sale of a vessel or goods taken as prize of war. Under the federal prize statutes the net… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • prize money — /ˈpraɪz mʌni/ (say pruyz munee) noun 1. money won as a prize in a competition. 2. British History a portion of the money from the sale of a prize (prize2 def. 1), especially an enemy s vessel, divided among the captors …   Australian English dictionary

  • prize money — 1. money offered, won, or received in prizes. 2. a portion of the money realized from the sale of a prize, esp. an enemy s vessel, divided among the captors. [1740 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • prize-money — …   Useful english dictionary

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