Origin of perquisite
Examples from the Web for perquisite
They are handed over to the Ōdumpillai as a perquisite, and all the guests are fed.
The office apparently was regarded as a perquisite of the royal chapel for those who would condescend to accept it.A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume II|Henry Charles Lea
The bundle becomes the perquisite of the carpenter who has made the post.
Under all systems the meat offered in sacrifice was in some measure the perquisite of the priest.Misread Passage of Scriptures|J. Baldwin Brown
They are the perquisite of the Mayor, but for the benefit of the public, because the public pays for them.The Booming of Acre Hill|John Kendrick Bangs
British Dictionary definitions for perquisite
Word Origin for perquisite
Word Origin and History for perquisite
mid-15c., "property acquired other than by inheritance," from Medieval Latin perquisitum "thing gained, profit," in classical Latin, "thing sought after," noun use of neuter past participle of perquirere "to seek, ask for," from per- "thoroughly" (see per) + quærere "to seek" (see query (v.)). For Latin vowel change, see acquisition. General meaning "fee or profit on top of regular wages" first recorded 1560s.