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[pey-rohl] /ˈpeɪˌroʊl/
a list of employees to be paid, with the amount due to each.
the sum total of these amounts.
the actual money on hand for distribution:
The bandits got away with the payroll.
the total number of people employed by a business firm or organization.
verb (used with object)
to fund or subsidize:
to be payrolled by the State Department.
Origin of payroll
1765-75; pay1 + roll Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then you have actual costs, and then their is payroll and maybe even benefits.
  • It's not easy to find overperforming players when your payroll is the highest in baseball.
  • payroll tracks the hours employees spend working overtime or on call.
  • With out a consumer you don't have a profit or income to pay corporate taxes, income taxes, payroll taxes ect.
  • They can have dedicated charging stations and meter the consumption for automatic payroll deduction.
  • College administrators said the failure stemmed from problems in the payroll office.
  • Obviously a shrinking payroll factors in to the decision to hire adjunct faculty, whether they work online or on campus.
  • Other responsibilities include finance, budgeting, and payroll.
  • Many traditional age students have not had the opportunity to pay into the system with payroll taxes, so this argument is moot.
  • She probably got away with tens of thousands of dollars from fake payroll checks.
British Dictionary definitions for payroll


a list of employees, specifying the salary or wage of each
  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 payroll

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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