Per-diem Definition

pər dēəm, dīəm
per-diems
adverb
By the day.
Webster's New World
Daily.
Webster's New World
Paid by the day.
Webster's New World
A daily allowance, as for expenses.
Webster's New World
By or through the day. Daily pay or daily expense allowance.
Webster's New World Law
Synonyms:
by the day
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adjective
Reckoned on a daily basis; daily.
American Heritage
Paid by the day.
American Heritage
noun
An allowance for daily expenses.
American Heritage
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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Synonyms:
outlayroutine expense(s)daily expense(s)costs

Other Word Forms of Per-diem

Noun

Singular:
per-diem
Plural:
per-diems

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

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