Definition of perquisite in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpəːkwɪzɪt/


1 formal A benefit which one enjoys or is entitled to on account of one’s job or 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.
1.1 historical A thing which has served its primary use and to which a subordinate or employee has a customary right.


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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