[ sal-uh-ree ]
/ ˈsæl ə ri /

noun, plural sal·a·ries.

a fixed compensation periodically paid to a person for regular work or services.

Origin of salary

1350–1400; Middle English salarie < Anglo-French < Latin salārium salt money. See sal, -ary

Related forms

sal·a·ry·less, adjective

Can be confused

salary celerysalary wages Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for salary


/ (ˈsælərɪ) /

noun plural -ries

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

verb -ries, -rying or -ried

(tr) to pay a salary to

Word Origin for 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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