Ngo Dinh Diem

[ ngoh deen dyem, dzyem, noh deen ]
/ ˈŋoʊ ˈdin ˈdyɛm, ˈdzyɛm, ˈnoʊ ˈdin /


1901–1963, South Vietnamese statesman: president of the Republic of South Vietnam 1956–63.

per diem

[ per dee-uh m, dahy-uh m ]
/ pər ˈdi əm, ˈdaɪ əm /


by the day; for each day.


paid by the day.


a daily allowance, usually for living expenses while traveling in connection with one's work or being employed at a distance from one's home: a per diem for lawmakers while the legislature is in session.

Origin of per diem

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1510–20

Can be confusedper annum per capita per diem

carpe diem

[ kahr-pe dee-em; English kahr-pee dahy-uh m, kahr-pey dee-uh m ]
/ ˈkɑr pɛ ˈdi ɛm; English ˈkɑr pi ˈdaɪ əm, ˈkɑr peɪ ˈdi əm /

Latin. seize the day; enjoy the present, as opposed to placing all hope in the future. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for diem

carpe diem

/ Latin (ˈkɑːpɪ ˈdiːɛm) /

enjoy the pleasures of the moment, without concern for the future

Word Origin for carpe diem

literally: seize the day!

per diem

/ (ˈpɜː ˈdaɪɛm, ˈdiːɛm) /


every day or by the day


  1. an allowance for daily expenses, usually those incurred while working
  2. (as modifier)a per-diem allowance

Word Origin for per diem

from Latin

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Word Origin and History for diem
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for diem

Carpe diem

[ (kahr-pe dee-em, deye-em) ]

Latin for “Seize the day”: take full advantage of present opportunities. This sentiment is found not only in classical literature but in much of English literature as well (seeGather ye rosebuds while ye mayandHad we but world enough, and time, / This coyness, Lady, were no crime.”)

per diem

[ (puhr dee-uhm, deye-uhm) ]

A Latin phrase meaning “by the day.” Traveling sales reps or government workers often are paid a per diem, meaning an allowance out of which to cover daily expenses while traveling.

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Idioms and Phrases with diem

carpe diem

Enjoy the present and don't worry about the future, as in It's a beautiful day, so forget tomorrow's test—carpe diem! Latin for “seize the day,” an aphorism found in the Roman writer Horace's Odes, this phrase has been used in English since the early 1800s.

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