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From Anglo-Norman salarie, from Old French salaire, from Latin salarium (salt money, money to buy salt with), from sal (salt)


  • IPA(key): /ˈsæləɹi/
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  • Homophone: celery (in some dialects)


salary (plural salaries)

  1. A fixed amount of money paid to a worker, usually calculated on a monthly or annual basis, not hourly, as wages. Implies a degree of professionalism and/or autonomy.
    • Shakespeare
      This is hire and salary, not revenge.
    • 1668 July 3rd, James Dalrymple, “Thomas Rue contra Andrew Houſtoun” in The Deciſions of the Lords of Council & Seſſion I (Edinburgh, 1683), page 547
      Andrew Houſtoun and Adam Muſhet, being Tackſmen of the Excize, did Imploy Thomas Rue to be their Collector, and gave him a Sallary of 30. pound Sterling for a year.

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salary (third-person singular simple present salaries, present participle salarying, simple past and past participle salaried)

  1. To pay on the basis of a period of a week or longer, especially to convert from another form of compensation.


salary (comparative more salary, superlative most salary)

  1. (obsolete) saline

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