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Monday, May 03, 1999

Definitions for emolument

  1. The wages or perquisites arising from office, employment, or labor; gain; compensation.

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Citations for emolument
The record indicates that few grandees who pleaded poverty to avoid service were left without substantial maintenance grants and emoluments and that the Crown gladly financed their luxurious military lifestyles. Fernando Gonzales de Leon, History Today
Although not very rich, he is easy in his circumstances and would not with a view to emolument alone wish for employment. Henry Dundas, quoted in The Elgin Affair, by Theodore Vrettos
Origin of emolument
1470-1480
Emolument derives from Latin emolumentum, originally a sum paid to a miller for grinding out one's wheat, from molere, "to grind." It is related to molar, the "grinding" tooth.