Definition of per diem in English:

per diem

Syllabification: per di·em
Pronunciation: /pər ˈdēəm

adverb & adjective

For each day (used in financial contexts): [as adverb]: he agreed to pay at certain specified rates per diem [as adjective]: they are now demanding a per diem rate


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An allowance or payment made for each day.
More example sentences
  • The NHL wants to bring down the costs related to the players - salaries, bonuses, per diems, pensions, insurance coverage and other benefits.
  • The second segment was the premium quality market: lines with voyages of one or two weeks, per diems in the $250-300 area and diversified itineraries.
  • Companies are tightening their belts, and business travelers are looking for ways to maximize their per diems.


early 16th century: Latin.

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