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[ih-mol-yuh-muh nt]
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  1. 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

1470–80; < Latin ēmolumentum advantage, benefit, equivalent to ēmol(ere) to grind out, produce by grinding (ē- e-1 + molere to grind; see mill1) + -u-, variant before labials of -i- -i- + -mentum -ment
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Related Words for emolument

profit, pay, compensation

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Historical Examples of emolument

  • The Emperor was not only the fountain of all honor, but of all emolument and place.

    Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)

    Charles James Lever

  • They were surprised to find that the emolument was so trifling.


    Mayne Reid

  • Usually they are lawyers who have won preferment and emolument.

    The American Empire

    Scott Nearing

  • The work will be no joke, but the emolument is too tempting to resist.

  • Finally all salaries were henceforth to be in lieu of every emolument.

British Dictionary definitions for emolument


  1. the profit arising from an office or employment, usually in the form of fees or wages
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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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Word Origin and History for emolument


mid-15c., from Middle French émolument and directly from Latin emolumentum "profit, gain," perhaps originally "payment to a miller for grinding corn," from emolere "grind out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + molere "to grind" (see mallet).

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