Usually refers to a small amount of money that parents give to their children to spend over a fixed time.

Al*low"ance (#), n. [OF. alouance.]


Approval; approbation.




The act of allowing, granting, conceding, or admitting; authorization; permission; sanction; tolerance.

Without the king's will or the state's allowance. Shak.



The censure of the which one must in your allowance o'erweigh a whole theater of others. Shak.


License; indulgence.




That which is allowed; a share or portion allotted or granted; a sum granted as a reimbursement, a bounty, or as appropriate for any purpose; a stated quantity, as of food or drink; hence, a limited quantity of meat and drink, when provisions fall short.

I can give the boy a handsome allowance. Thackeray.


Abatement; deduction; the taking into account of mitigating circumstances; as, to make allowance for the inexperience of youth.

After making the largest allowance for fraud. Macaulay.

7. com.

A customary deduction from the gross weight of goods, different in different countries, such as tare and tret.


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Al*low"ance, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Allowancing (#).] [See Allowance, n.]

To put upon a fixed allowance (esp. of provisions and drink); to supply in a fixed and limited quantity; as, the captain was obliged to allowance his crew; our provisions were allowanced.


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