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noun [countable] allowance pronunciation in British English /əˈlaʊəns/ 
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pluralallowances
  1. 1
    an amount of money that someone receives regularly, in order to pay for the things they need

    She receives a monthly allowance of £500.

    a housing/clothing/fuel allowance (=money given to help people with their rent, clothes, or heating):

    an increase in the winter fuel allowance

  2. 2
    an amount of something that you are officially allowed by a particular set of rules or by the law

    the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C

    Your baggage allowance is 30 kilos.

    1. a.
      British an amount of money that you are officially allowed to earn without having to pay tax on it

      Will the government abolish the married person's tax allowance?

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