- The definition of a perquisite is a special privilege of your position or status, or a tip or gratuity.
- 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 of perquisiteMiddle English perquysite ; from Medieval Latin perquisitum, something acquired ; from neuter past participle of perquirere, to obtain, purchase ; from Classical Latin to search diligently for ; from per-, intensive + quaerere, to seek: see query
- A payment, profit, or benefit received in addition to a regular wage or salary, especially when due or expected.
- Something regarded or claimed as an exclusive right by virtue of one's social position or rank: “The family had the perquisites of the upper-middle class, employing a maid, a chauffeur-gardener, and an Irish Catholic nanny” (Ira Bruce Nadel). See Synonyms at right.
- A gratuity; a tip.
Origin of perquisiteFrom 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.
- (mostly plural) Any monetary or other incidental benefit beyond salary.
- The perquisites of this job include health insurance and a performance bonus.
- A gratuity.
- After the wonderful service that evening he didn’t hesitate in laying a substantial perquisite on the table.
- A privilege or possession held or claimed exclusively by a certain person, group or class.
- Private jets and motor yachts are a perquisite of the rich.
From Medieval Latin perquisitum (something acquired for profit).