The definition of a perquisite is a special privilege of your position or status, or a tip or gratuity.noun
- Getting to use the corporate jet is an example of a perquisite of being a CEO.
- If the boss gets a new laptop every year and customarily hands his old one down to his employee, this is an example of a perquisite.
- something additional to regular profit or pay, resulting from one's position or employment, esp. something customary or expected
- a tip or gratuity
- a privilege or benefit to which a person, institution, etc. is entitled by virtue of status, position, or the like; prerogative; right
Origin: ME perquysite < ML perquisitum, something acquired < neut. pp. of perquirere, to obtain, purchase < L, to search diligently for < per-, intens. + quaerere, to seek: see query
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- 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.
- A tip; a gratuity.
- Something claimed as an exclusive right: “Politics was the perquisite of the upper class” (Richard B. Sewall).
Origin: 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.