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Borrowed from Old French emolument, from Latin ēmolumentum.



emolument (plural emoluments)

  1. (formal) Payment for an office or employment; compensation for a job, which is usually monetary.
    Synonyms: payment, fee, compensation
    • 1787, Philadelphia Convention, United States Constitution:
      No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.
    • 1908, Washington Irving, chapter 1, in The Sketch Book, Collins, page 1:
      Even when a mere child I began my travels, and made many tours of discovery into foreign parts and unknown regions of my native city, to the frequent alarm of my parents, and the emolument of the town crier.

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