Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small contribution made by one who has little.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A very small gift or donation which, however, represents a great sacrifice on the part of the giver.
  • n. Name given to the lepton coin.

Etymologies

From the widow who gave two small coins to the Temple treasury in Mark 12:43.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Bible account of the poor widow's donation to the temple contribution box. Found at Mark 12.38-44 and Luke 21.1-4 (Wiktionary)

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  • Talk about "spread thinly..."

    July 18, 2008

  • a small contribution given cheerfully by one who can ill afford it. Mark 12:41–44.

    July 18, 2008