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perquisite

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noun per·qui·site \ˈpər-kwə-zət\

Definition of perquisite

  1. 1 :  a privilege, gain, or profit incidental to regular salary or wages; especially :  one expected or promised

  2. 2 :  gratuity, tip

  3. 3 :  something held or claimed as an exclusive right or possession



Examples of perquisite

  1. Use of the company's jet is a perquisite of the job.

  2. <give the movers a perquisite if they do a good job>



Origin of perquisite

Middle English, property acquired by means other than inheritance, from Anglo-French perquisit, Medieval Latin perquisitum, from neuter of perquisitus, past participle of perquirere to purchase, acquire, from Latin, to search for thoroughly, from per- thoroughly + quaerere to seek


First Known Use: 15th century


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