Definition of salary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsaləri/

noun (plural salaries)

A fixed regular payment, typically paid on a monthly 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 £24,000 [as modifier]: a 15 per cent 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, earnings, remuneration, fee(s), emolument(s), stipend, honorarium, hire, wages, wage, gross pay, payment, earned income;
take-home pay, net pay

verb (salaries, salarying, salaried)

[with object] archaic
Pay a salary to: the Chinese system—salary the doctor and stop his pay when you get ill
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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'.

Words that rhyme with salary

calorie, gallery, Malory, Valerie

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Line breaks: sal¦ary

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