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salary

[sal-uh-ree] /ˈsæl ə ri/
noun, plural salaries.
1.
a fixed compensation periodically paid to a person for regular work or services.
Origin of salary
1350-1400
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.
Synonyms
See pay1 .
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  • Well, I don't like to feel that my salary's going on with me not earning it.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • I have had my salary raised and am now rejoicing in twenty-two dollars a week.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • I shall pay them two weeks salary, which will be all they can ask.

  • Tom saw, at a glance, that it was his own salary for the current quarter.

  • The same theory which he was practicing concerning his own salary he wished to see introduced as an article of the Constitution.

    Benjamin Franklin John Torrey Morse, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for salary

salary

/ˈsælərɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
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
2.
(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 salary
n.

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.

v.

"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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