Definition of salary in English:


Syllabification: sal·a·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈsalərē

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.
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    • 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.
    pay, wages, earnings, payment, remuneration, fee(s), stipend, income
    informal take-home
    formal emolument

verb (salaries, salarying, salaried)

[with object] archaic Back to top  
  • Pay a salary to.
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    • 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'.

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