[ dol-er-uh-yeer ]

  1. of or being an official or employee, especially a federal appointee, who receives a token annual salary, usually of one dollar: a dollar-a-year man.

Origin of dollar-a-year

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20

Words Nearby dollar-a-year Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use dollar-a-year in a sentence

  • I know a few folks—like Vikram Pandit at Citigroup and even Edward Liddy at AIG—have jumped in to serve as dollar-a-year CEOs.

  • I do not recognize as sanctified any ceremony that can be annulled by a five-thousand-dollar-a-year judge.

    Nat Goodwin's Book | Nat C. Goodwin
  • A man may draw a twenty-thousand-dollar-a-year salary at Macy's and still be compelled to sign his time.

    The Romance of a Great Store | Edward Hungerford
  • "Because they'll make you a dollar-a-year man and we're not in this to make any stinking dollar a year," Harry Bettis said.

    Summer Snow Storm | Adam Chase
  • As a substitute Blodgett spoke of some dollar-a-year work in Washington.

    The Guarded Heights | Wadsworth Camp