[ per dee-uh m, dahy-uh m ]
/ pər ˈdi əm, ˈdaɪ əm /
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.
Words nearby per diem
Origin of per diem
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1510–20
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British Dictionary definitions for per diem
/ (ˈpɜː ˈdaɪɛm, ˈdiːɛm) /
every day or by the day
- an allowance for daily expenses, usually those incurred while working
- (as modifier)a per-diem allowance
Word Origin for per diem
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Culture definitions for per diem
[ (puhr dee-uhm, deye-uhm) ]
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