What does the word endowment mean?

Usage examples for endowment

  1. I consider that mode of procedure proved as feasible and as soon as I have received my answer, whatever it is, I shall immediately proceed with making the endowment and choosing the five young women according to the agreement." – The Tinder-Box by Maria Thompson Daviess
  2. What I should like to see is some invention of your own with an endowment of two hundred thousand francs- something difficult and really useful. – Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac
  3. Let me but secure and keep those certain millions of money which shall ensure to me and my heritage a handsome endowment, not only for my life, but for all lives connected with mine which come after me,- and my 'patriotism' is satisfied! – Temporal Power by Marie Corelli