per diem

per diem

[per dee-uhm, dahy-uhm]
noun
1.
by the day; for each day.
2.
a daily allowance, usually for living expenses while traveling in connection with one's work or being employed at a distance from one's home: a per diem for lawmakers while the legislature is in session.
3.
paid by the day.

Origin:
1510–20; < Latin

per annum, per capita, per diem.
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per diem (ˈpɜː ˈdaɪɛm, ˈdiːɛm)
 
adv
1.  every day or by the day
 
n
2.  a.  an allowance for daily expenses, usually those incurred while working
 b.  (as modifier): a per-diem allowance
 
[from Latin]

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per diem
1520, from L., lit. "by the day," from per (see per) + diem, acc. sing. of dies "day" (see diurnal).
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per diem [(puhr dee-uhm, deye-uhm)]

A Latin phrase meaning “by the day.” Traveling sales reps or government workers often are paid a per diem, meaning an allowance out of which to cover daily expenses while traveling.

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