cost-of-living index

noun

cost-of-liv·​ing index ˈkȯst-əv-ˈli-viŋ- How to pronounce cost-of-living index (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The fees will be adjusted annually based on the San Diego cost-of-living index. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Mar. 2022 The authors show that since 1975, the P/C has averaged around 3.5, meaning that the gold price careens over and above a straight line denoting three and a half times the cost-of-living index for goods and services. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 15 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cost-of-living index was in 1913

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Cite this Entry

“Cost-of-living index.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cost-of-living%20index. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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