perquisite

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Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin perquīsītum (something acquired for profit).

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perquisite (plural perquisites)

  1. (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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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Etymology 1[edit]

Verb[edit]

perquisite

  1. inflection of perquisire:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

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Participle[edit]

perquisite f pl

  1. feminine plural of perquisito

Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

perquīsīte

  1. vocative masculine singular of perquīsītus

References[edit]

  • perquisite”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers