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[ih-mol-yuh-muh nt]
  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

profit, pay, compensation

Examples from the Web for emoluments

Historical Examples

  • But beyond his emoluments as a partner in the invention, Alfred Vail had no recompense.

    Heroes of the Telegraph

    J. Munro

  • His enormous claims for honors and emoluments had been granted.

  • In that way lay advancement, emoluments, decorations, and the Tsar's favour.

    The Minister of Evil

    William Le Queux

  • His passion for his profession was intense, yet with it was the keenest love of its emoluments.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook

  • Why not transfer the Dunboyne, with all its endowments and emoluments, to Rome?

    My New Curate

    P.A. Sheehan

British Dictionary definitions for emoluments


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

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 emoluments



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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