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payroll

[pey-rohl] /ˈpeɪˌroʊl/
noun
1.
a list of employees to be paid, with the amount due to each.
2.
the sum total of these amounts.
3.
the actual money on hand for distribution:
The bandits got away with the payroll.
4.
the total number of people employed by a business firm or organization.
verb (used with object)
5.
to fund or subsidize:
to be payrolled by the State Department.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; pay1 + roll
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British Dictionary definitions for pay-roll

payroll

/ˈpeɪˌrəʊl/
noun
1.
a list of employees, specifying the salary or wage of each
2.
  1. the total of these amounts or the actual money equivalent
  2. (as modifier): a payroll tax
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Word Origin and History for pay-roll

payroll

n.

1740, from pay (v.) + roll (n.); "total amount paid to employees over a period," hence, via records-keeping, "list of employees receiving pay."

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