[per dee-uh m, dahy-uh m]
- by the day; for each day.
- paid by the day.
- a daily allowance, usually for living expenses while traveling in connection with one's work or being employed at a distance from one's home: a per diem for lawmakers while the legislature is in session.
Origin of per diem
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1510–20
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Examples from the Web for per diem
He advised the per-diem scheme, and with characteristic good nature we acceded to it.
This looked reasonable enough, but the result was wholly in favor of the per-diem fellows.
- every day or by the day
- an allowance for daily expenses, usually those incurred while working
- (as modifier)a per-diem allowance
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Word Origin and History for per diem
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
[(puhr dee-uhm, deye-uhm)]
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