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Today's word is:

dole ¹



1. (usu. the dole) chiefly Brit., informal benefit paid by the government to the unemployed : she is drawing on the dole.

  • dated. A charitable gift of food, clothes, or money.

2. Poetic/literary a person's lot or destiny.

verb [ trans. ] ( dole something out)

  • Distribute shares of something : the scanty portions of food doled out to them.

ORIGIN: Old English dāl [division, portion, or share,] of Germanic origin; related to deal. The sense [distribution of charitable gifts] dates from Middle English ; the sense [unemployment benefit] dates from the early 20th cent.


dole ²

|doʊl| |dəʊl|

noun archaic or poetic/literary

  • Sorrow; mourning.

ORIGIN: Middle English : from Old French doel 'mourning,' from popular Latin dolus, from Latin dolere 'grieve.'

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