Origin: F. Salarie, L. Salarium, originally, salt money, the money given to the Roman soldiers for salt, which was a part of thir pay, fr. Salarius belonging to salt, fr. Sal salt. See Salt.

The recompense or consideration paid, or stipulated to be paid, to a person at regular intervals for services; fixed wages, as by the year, quarter, or month; stipend; hire. "This is hire and salary, not revenge." (Shak)

Recompense for services paid at, or reckoned by, short intervals, as a day or week, is usually called wages.

Synonyms: Stipend, pay, wages, hire, allowance.

(01 Mar 1998)

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