from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Payment for an office or employment; compensation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Payment for an office or employment; compensation for a job, which is usually monetary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The profit arising from office, employment, or labor; gain; compensation; advantage; perquisites, fees, or salary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The profit arising from office or employment; that which is received as a compensation for services, or which is annexed to the possession of office, as salary, fees, and perquisites.
  • n. Profit; advantage; gain in general; that which promotes the good of any person or thing.
  • n. Synonyms Remuneration, pay, wages, stipend, income.
  • n. Benefit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. compensation received by virtue of holding an office or having employment (usually in the form of wages or fees)


Middle English, from Latin ēmolumentum, gain, originally a miller's fee for grinding grain, from ēmolere, to grind out : ē-, ex-, ex- + molere, to grind; see melə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin emolumentum (Wiktionary)



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  • "What's an Emolument, you ask? It's your salary or other compensation for employment. In other words, the Framers didn't want members of Congress creating new jobs or giving raises to existing jobs, and then taking them for themselves."

    Adam B.
    "Emoluments," Clinton, and That Pesky Constitution
    Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 02:10:04 PM PST

    November 26, 2008

  • Oops, thanks, fixed now.

    September 6, 2008

  • John, is the hyperlink supposed to lead to the article? (I'd love to read it!)

    September 6, 2008

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    The New York Times, In Destitute Kingdom, Ruler Lives Like a King, by Barry Bearak, September 5, 2008

    September 6, 2008

  • "... but also for her who not being sufficiently moneyed scarcely and often not even scarcely could subsist valiantly and for an inconsiderable emolument was provided."
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    January 20, 2007