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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpɜːkwɪzɪt/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpɜɹkwəzɪt/
- Hyphenation: per‧qui‧site
perquisite (plural perquisites)
- (chiefly in the plural) Any monetary or other incidental benefit beyond salary.
- 2001, David L. Lieber; Jules Harlow, Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary, page 873:
- The tithe properly belongs to the Lord who, in turn, assigns it to the Levites as payments for their sanctuary labors. Thus levitical and priestly perquisites are gifts from God.
- The perquisites of this job include health insurance and a performance bonus.
- A gratuity.
- After the wonderful service that evening he didn’t hesitate in laying a substantial perquisite on the table.
- 1900', Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim, ch 5:
- One voyage, I recollect, I tipped him a live sheep out of the remnant of my sea-stock: not that I wanted him to do anything for me—he couldn’t, you know—but because his childlike belief in the sacred right to perquisites quite touched my heart.
- A privilege or possession held or claimed exclusively by a certain person, group or class.
- Private jets and motor yachts are perquisites of the rich.
benefit beyond salary
- W. Martin; G[uy] A. J. Tops, et al. (1998) Van Dale Groot Woordenboek Engels–Nederlands [Van Dale Great Dictionary, English–Dutch], volume I, 3rd edition, Utrecht; Antwerp: Van Dale Lexicografie, →ISBN.
perquisite f pl
- “perquisite”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers