Per diem is Latin for by the day and is defined as a set amount of money available to be spent each day.
An example of per diem is when you go on a business trip and are allowed $20 for meals every day you are gone.
- by the day
- paid by the day
- a daily allowance, as for expenses
Origin of per diemClassical Latin
By the day; per day.
- Reckoned on a daily basis; daily.
- Paid by the day.
nounpl. per diems
An allowance for daily expenses.
Origin of per diemLatin per per diem accusative of diēs day
per diem - Legal Definition
By or through the day. Daily pay or daily expense allowance.