Definition of perquisite in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpərkwəzət/


1 another term for perk2.
Example sentences
  • When companies start disclosing that they have extended this perquisite, he said, their shares drop 2 percent, on average.
  • Administrations at some institutions appear to have viewed computer and Internet access as a lower-order faculty perquisite that may be summarily terminated.
  • No longer was wealth primarily the perquisite of the landed.
1.1A thing regarded as a special right or privilege enjoyed as a result of one’s position: the wife of a president has all the perquisites of stardom
More example sentences
  • With workers in demand, employees can easily leave one organization and seek a better salary and perquisites in a new position.
  • That's an unexpected perquisite that has benefited my daily life away from the poker tables.
  • To the extent that it repudiates those duties, it is accountable to the society in which it functions and from which it enjoys its freedoms, privileges and perquisites.
1.2 historical A thing that has served its primary use and is then given to a subordinate or employee as a customary right.


Perquisite and prerequisite are sometimes confused. Perquisite usually means ‘an extra allowance or privilege’: he had all the perquisites of a movie star, including a stand-in. Prerequisite means ‘something required as a condition’: passing the examination was one of the prerequisites for a teaching position.


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin perquisitum 'acquisition', from Latin perquirere 'search diligently for', from per- 'thoroughly' + quaerere 'seek'.

  • perk from Late Middle English:

    The origin of perk in to perk up, ‘to become more lively, cheerful, or interesting’, is not wholly clear, though it may be related to perch, as ‘perk’ is an early spelling of ‘perch’. A perk meaning a benefit to which you are entitled because of your job is a shortening of perquisite (Late Middle English), from medieval Latin perquisitum ‘acquisition’. It is found from the early 19th century. People began to perk coffee in a percolator (mid 19th century) around 1920. This is from percolate (early 17th century), which is based on Latin percolare ‘to strain through’.

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Syllabification: per·qui·site

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