Definition of perquisite in English:


Syllabification: per·qui·site
Pronunciation: /ˈpərkwəzit


  • 1 another term for perk2.
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    • 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
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    • 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.


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


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 .

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