[ ih-mol-yuh-muhnt ]
/ ɪˈmɒl yə mənt /
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profit, salary, or fees from office or employment; compensation for services: Tips are an emolument in addition to wages.



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Origin of emolument

First recorded in 1470–80; from Latin ēmolumentum “advantage, benefit,” probably a derivative of ēmol(ere) “to grind out, produce by grinding” (ē- “from, out of” + molere “to grind”) + -u-, variant before labials of -i- + -mentum noun suffix; see e-1, mill1, -i-, -ment

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British Dictionary definitions for emolument

/ (ɪˈmɒljʊmənt) /


the profit arising from an office or employment, usually in the form of fees or wages

Word Origin for emolument

C15: from Latin ēmolumentum benefit; originally, fee paid to a miller, from ēmolere, from molere to grind
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