from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An employment benefit given in addition to one's wages or salary.
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- n. A benefit received in addition to the normal benefits of holding a job, or, by extension, any relationship to the source of the benefit.
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- n. an incidental benefit awarded for certain types of employment (especially if it is regarded as a right)
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The favorite of the senior bakers was the hot-buttered bread, but the greatest fringe benefit for me was getting to eat the ice cream and homemade chocolates.