Perquisite definition

pûrkwĭ-zĭt
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A payment, profit, or benefit received in addition to a regular wage or salary, especially when due or expected.
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A gratuity; a tip.
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A tip or gratuity.
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Something regarded or claimed as an exclusive right by virtue of one's social position or rank.
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A privilege or benefit to which a person, institution, etc. is entitled by virtue of status, position, or the like; prerogative; right.
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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.

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(mostly plural) Any monetary or other incidental benefit beyond salary.

The perquisites of this job include health insurance and a performance bonus.

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After the wonderful service that evening he didn't hesitate in laying a substantial perquisite on the table.

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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.

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Something additional to regular profit or pay, resulting from one's position or employment, esp. something customary or expected.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
perquisite
Plural:
perquisites

Origin of perquisite

  • From 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin perquisitum (something acquired for profit).

    From Wiktionary