from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A payment or profit received in addition to a regular wage or salary, especially a benefit expected as one's due. See Synonyms at right.
- n. A tip; a gratuity.
- n. Something claimed as an exclusive right: "Politics was the perquisite of the upper class” ( Richard B. Sewall).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any monetary or other incidental benefit beyond salary.
- n. A gratuity.
- n. A privilege or possession held or claimed exclusively by a certain person, group or class.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Something gained from a place or employment over and above the ordinary salary or fixed wages for services rendered; especially, a fee allowed by law to an officer for a specific service.
- n. Things gotten by a man's own industry, or purchased with his own money, as opposed to things which come to him by descent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An incidental emolument, profit, gain, or fee, over and above the fixed or settled income, salary, or wages; something received incidentally and in addition to regular wages, salary, fees, etc.
- n. In law, whatever one gets by industry or purchases with his money, as distinguished from things which come to him by descent.
- That may or must be sought out.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an incidental benefit awarded for certain types of employment (especially if it is regarded as a right)
- n. a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right)
From Middle English perquisites, property acquired otherwise than by inheritance, from Medieval Latin perquīsītum, acquisition, from Latin, neuter past participle of perquīrere, to search diligently for : per-, per- + quaerere, to seek.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin perquisitum (something acquired for profit). (Wiktionary)