- The definition of a salary is a regular fixed payment that a person earns for performing work during a specific period of time.
An example of salary is the fixed salary of $100,000 a year paid to a doctor.
Origin: Middle English salarie from Classical Latin salarium, origin, originally , money for salt (as part of Roman soldier's pay) from sal, salt
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noun pl. sal·a·ries
Origin: 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.
- salˈa·ried adjective