from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tenth part of one's annual income contributed voluntarily or due as a tax, especially for the support of the clergy or church.
- n. The institution or obligation of paying tithes.
- n. A tax or assessment of one tenth.
- n. A tenth part.
- n. A very small part.
- transitive v. To contribute or pay a tenth part of (one's annual income).
- transitive v. To levy a tithe on.
- intransitive v. To pay a tithe.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tenth.
- n. The tenth part of the increase arising from the profits of land and stock, allotted to the clergy for their support, as in England, or devoted to religious or charitable uses. Almost all the tithes of England and Wales are commuted by law into rent charges. Concept originates in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament).
- n. A contribution to one's religious community or congregation of worship.
- n. A small part or proportion.
- adj. Tenth.
- v. To collect a tithe.
- v. To pay a tithe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tenth; the tenth part of anything; specifically, the tenthpart of the increase arising from the profits of land and stock, allotted to the clergy for their support, as in England, or devoted to religious or charitable uses. Almost all the tithes of England and Wales are commuted by law into rent charges.
- n. Hence, a small part or proportion.
- adj. Tenth.
- transitive v. To levy a tenth part on; to tax to the amount of a tenth; to pay tithes on.
- intransitive v. Tp pay tithes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tenth; the tenth part of anything; hence, any indefinitely small part.
- n. A contribution or tax for some public use, either voluntary or enforced, of one tenth of the quantity or of the value of the subject from or on account of which it is paid; hence, any ratable tax payable in kind or by commutation of its value in money.
- n. A tax assessed by the vestry of a parish.
- To subject to tithes or the payment of a tithe; impose a tithe or tenth of or upon.
- To pay tithes on; give or yield up a tithe of.
- To take or reckon by tenths or tens; take tithe or every tenth of.
- To pay tithes.
- To concede; grant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an offering of a tenth part of some personal income
- v. pay one tenth of; pay tithes on, especially to the church
- v. pay a tenth of one's income, especially to the church
- v. exact a tithe from
- v. levy a tithe on (produce or a crop)
- n. a levy of one tenth of something
Middle English, from Old English tēotha.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English tēoþa (Old English underwent the Ingvaeonic nasal spirant law, which resulted in the elimination of the nasal consonant from Germanic *tehunþ-). Compare Icelandic tíund. (Wiktionary)