from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Fixed compensation for services, paid to a person on a regular basis.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To pay a salary to, or connect a salary with: chiefly used in the past participle. See salaried.
  • Saline.
  • noun The recompense or consideration stipulated to be paid to a person periodically for services, usually a fixed sum to be paid by the year, half-year, or quarter. See wages.
  • noun Synonyms Salary, Stipend, Wages, Pay, Hire, Allowance, An allowance is gratuitous or discretionary, and may be of any sort: as, an allowance of a pitcher of wine daily to Chaucer; the rest are given from time to time in return for regular work of some kind, and are presumably in the form of money. Of these latter pay is the most generic; it is especially used of the soldier. Wages and hire are for the more menial, manual, or mechanical forms of work, and commonly imply employment for short periods, as a day or a week; salary and stipend are for the more mental forms, and imply greater permanence of employment and payment at longer intervals: the wages of a servant or a laborer; the salary of a postmaster or a teacher. Hire is Biblical and old-fashioned. Stipend is used chiefly as a technical term of the English and Scotch churches. See wages.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Saline.
  • noun The recompense or consideration paid, or stipulated to be paid, to a person at regular intervals for services; fixed wages, as by the year, quarter, or month; stipend; hire.
  • transitive verb To pay, or agree to pay, a salary to; to attach salary to.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A fixed amount of money paid to a worker, usually measured on a monthly or annual basis, not hourly, as wages. Implies a degree of professionalism and/or autonomy.
  • verb To pay on the basis of a period of a week or longer, especially to convert from another form of compensation.

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

  • noun something that remunerates


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

[Middle English salarie, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin salārium, money given to Roman soldiers to buy salt, from neuter of salārius, pertaining to salt, from sāl, salt; see sal- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin salarium ("salt money, money to buy salt with"), from sal ("salt")


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