[ sal-uh-ree ]
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noun,plural sal·a·ries.
  1. a fixed compensation periodically paid to a person for regular work or services.

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Origin of salary

First recorded in1350–1400; Middle English salarie, from Anglo-French, from Latin salārium “money given to soldiers to buy salt, salt money.” See sal, -ary

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See pay1.

Other words from salary

  • sal·a·ry·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for salary


/ (ˈsælərɪ) /

nounplural -ries
  1. a fixed regular payment made by an employer, often monthly, for professional or office work as opposed to manual work: Compare wage (def. 1)

verb-ries, -rying or -ried
  1. (tr) to pay a salary to

Origin of salary

C14: from Anglo-Norman salarie, from Latin salārium the sum given to Roman soldiers to buy salt, from sal salt

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