per diem

[per dee-uh m, dahy-uh m]
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adjective
  1. paid by the day.
noun
  1. 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
Can be confusedper annum per capita per diem
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Related Words for per diem

daily

Examples from the Web for per diem

Historical Examples of per diem

  • He advised the per-diem scheme, and with characteristic good nature we acceded to it.

    The House

    Eugene Field

  • This looked reasonable enough, but the result was wholly in favor of the per-diem fellows.

    The House

    Eugene Field


British Dictionary definitions for per diem

per diem

adverb
  1. every day or by the day
noun
    1. an allowance for daily expenses, usually those incurred while working
    2. (as modifier)a per-diem allowance

Word Origin for per diem

from Latin
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Word Origin and History for per diem

Latin, literally "by the day," from per (see per) + diem, accusative singular of dies "day" (see diurnal). As a noun from 1809.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

per diem in Culture

per diem

[(puhr dee-uhm, deye-uhm)]

A Latin phrase meaning “by the day.” Traveling sales reps or government workers often are paid a per diem, meaning an allowance out of which to cover daily expenses while traveling.

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