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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.
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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  • We will probably have to reduce our expenditure of federal funds for salaries and expenses.
  • The organization pays for park rangers' salaries and supplies.
  • All were allowed handsome salaries, and were strictly forbidden to receive presents from any one.
  • Those still employed find the buying power of their salaries cut almost in half.
  • Fee money is used to enhance visitor services at sites, and not for salaries.
  • Th e agency has stopped paying the salaries of the rangers, and he needs the money to pay them.
  • We were able to pay the teacher's salaries for a whole year, and that makes an enormous difference.
  • Instead they live on salaries and tips and by selling souvenirs.
  • Pensions, free health care, and regular salaries made the lives of herders less harsh and unpredictable.
  • In many retail stores a drawing account and commissions have replaced straight salaries.
British Dictionary definitions for salaries


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 salaries



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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