- a list of employees to be paid, with the amount due to each.
- the sum total of these amounts.
- the actual money on hand for distribution: The bandits got away with the payroll.
- the total number of people employed by a business firm or organization.
- to fund or subsidize: to be payrolled by the State Department.
Origin of payroll
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- a list of employees, specifying the salary or wage of each
- the total of these amounts or the actual money equivalent
- (as modifier)a payroll tax
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