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[pur-kwuh-zit] /ˈpɜr kwə zɪt/
an incidental payment, benefit, privilege, or advantage over and above regular income, salary, or wages:
Among the president's perquisites were free use of a company car and paid membership in a country club.
a gratuity or tip.
something demanded or due as a particular privilege:
homage that was once the perquisite of royalty.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin perquīsītum something acquired, noun use of neuter of Latin perquīsītus (past participle of perquīrere to search everywhere for, inquire diligently). See per-, inquisitive
Can be confused
perquisite, prerequisite. Unabridged
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Examples for perquisites
  • Of course the one of the perquisites of a reasoned critique is that you have read the paper you critiqued.
  • There is also no question that many sabbaticals are paid vacations that come around as perquisites of time in grade.
  • They still have their admin doled annual raises and perquisites to consider.
  • No, it is not a roster of hidden perquisites granted to retiring chief executives.
  • The sycophants around the colossus's feet speculate on his downfall while they look to their own perquisites.
  • Often, the small monetary value of perquisites belies their significance.
  • Describe the requirements for due process as well as consideration and perquisites to discipline.
  • Some perquisites, such as extra vacation, should be given only as a reward for extraordinary service to your company.
British Dictionary definitions for perquisites


an incidental benefit gained from a certain type of employment, such as the use of a company car
a customary benefit received in addition to a regular income
a customary tip
something expected or regarded as an exclusive right
Often (informal) shortened to perk
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin perquīsītum an acquired possession, from Latin perquīrere to seek earnestly for something, from per- (thoroughly) + quaerere to ask for, seek
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Word Origin and History for perquisites
mid-15c., "property acquired other than by inheritance," from M.L. perquisitum "thing gained, profit," in L., "thing sought after," from neut. pp. of perquirere "to seek, ask for," from per- "thoroughly" + quærere "to seek" (see query). For L. vowel change, see acquisition. General meaning "fee or profit on top of regular wages" first recorded 1560s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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