salary[sal′ə rē, sal′rē]
- 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 of salaryMiddle English salarie ; from Classical Latin salarium, origin, originally , money for salt (as part of Roman soldier's pay) ; from sal, salt
Origin of salaryMiddle 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.
- 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.
(third-person singular simple present salaries, present participle salarying, simple past and past participle salaried)
- To pay on the basis of a period of a week or longer, especially to convert from another form of compensation.
(comparative more salary, superlative most salary)
- (obsolete) saline