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salary Syllabification: sal·a·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈsal(ə)rē/

Definition of salary in English:

noun (plural salaries)

A fixed regular payment, typically paid on a monthly or biweekly basis but often expressed as an annual sum, made by an employer to an employee, especially a professional or white-collar worker: he received a salary of $29,000 [as modifier]: a 15 percent salary increase Compare with wage.
More example sentences
  • There has already been agreement not to increase salaries for public service employees.
  • If you have a personal pension, remember to increase payments as your salary increases.
  • They have presided over a vast increase in the number and salaries of public sector employees.
informal take-home
formal emolument

verb (salaries, salarying, salaried)

[with object] archaic Back to top  
Pay a salary to.
Example sentences
  • The Scottish sculptor Michael Noble (who subsequently married the countess) and the psychiatrist Mario Marini were salaried by her as well.
  • The Spanish clergy, which had been deprived of most of its land, was salaried by the state under the Concordat of 1851.


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French salarie, from Latin salarium, originally denoting a Roman soldier's allowance to buy salt, from sal 'salt'.

Words that rhyme with salary

calorie, gallery, Malory, Valerie

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