Definition of widow's mite in English:

widow's mite

noun

  • A small monetary contribution from someone who is poor.

    ‘this is indeed the widow's mite—it's a whole shilling I'm giving you’
    • ‘At the end of the month, everyone queues up at Batelco's wickets, and the widow's mite totals millions and millions of dollars.’
    • ‘For some, whose gifts are not well rewarded financially by our economic value system, time and talent may be the widow's mite that Jesus once praised so thoroughly.’
    • ‘Or they are trying to squeeze out the last of the widow's mite before the country becomes a total sewer.’
    • ‘Only later would Jesus teach us the preciousness of the widow's mite in the eyes of God - a lesson many, including myself, have yet to learn.’
    • ‘True charity, like the widow's mite, should cost the donor something.’
    contribution, donation, benefaction, gift, present, handout, subscription
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Origin

With biblical allusion to Mark 12:43.