[ sal-uh-ree ]
/ ˈsæl ə ri /

noun, plural sal·a·ries.

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

Nearby words

  1. salambria,
  2. salami,
  3. salamis,
  4. salariat,
  5. salaried,
  6. salary cap,
  7. salaryman,
  8. salat,
  9. salavat,
  10. salazar

Origin of salary

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

Related formssal·a·ry·less, adjective

Can be confusedsalary 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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