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[sal-uh-ree] /ˈsæl ə ri/
noun, plural salaries.
a fixed compensation periodically paid to a person for regular work or services.
Origin of salary
1350-1400; Middle English salarie < Anglo-French < Latin salārium salt money. See sal, -ary
Related forms
salaryless, adjective
Can be confused
salary, celery.
salary, wages.
See pay1 . Unabridged
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  • Exploit the loopholes in the salary cap so that you spend more money than other teams.
  • At retirement a bonus of around three times the final annual salary is paid in a lump sum.
  • Thus inventors would profit in direct proportion to the success of their inventions-although many would also be paid a salary.
  • For his vigil he was paid two kopeks a month as salary.
  • They might be counting signing bonuses as part of the first year salary in some places, and in some places not.
  • Payments under such schemes are usually made separately from regular salary payments.
  • There seems to be great variation in how jobs are listed with regards to salary.
  • Base salary has stabilised, though it was never the fastest-growing part of pay.
  • He insisted they would leave together-but only if the salary was renegotiated.
  • Most hiring managers have a range to work with and it is up to the candidate to negotiate for the higher salary.
British Dictionary definitions for salary


noun (pl) -ries
a fixed regular payment made by an employer, often monthly, for professional or office work as opposed to manual work Compare wage (sense 1)
verb -ries, -rying, -ried
(transitive) to pay a salary to
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-Norman salarie, from Latin salārium the sum given to Roman soldiers to buy salt, from sal salt
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Word Origin and History for salary

late 13c., "compensation, payment," whether periodical, for regular service or for a specific service; from Anglo-French salarie, Old French salaire "wages, pay, reward," from Latin salarium "salary, stipend, pension," originally "salt-money, soldier's allowance for the purchase of salt," noun use of neuter of adjective salarius "pertaining to salt," from sal (genitive salis) "salt" (see salt (n.)). Japanese sarariman "male salaried worker," literally "salary-man," is from English.


"to pay a regular salary to," late 15c., from salary (n.). Related: Salaried, which as an adjective in reference to positions originally was contrasted with honorary; lately with hourly.

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