Per-diem meaning

pər dē'əm, dī'əm
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.

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By the day; per day.
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Reckoned on a daily basis; daily.
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Paid by the day.
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An allowance for daily expenses.
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By the day.
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Daily.
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Paid by the day.
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A daily allowance, as for expenses.
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By or through the day. Daily pay or daily expense allowance.
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A daily allowable limit for expendables.
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Origin of per-diem

  • Latin per per diem accusative of diēs day
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin per + diem (“day").
    From Wiktionary