emol·​u·​ment | \ i-ˈmäl-yə-mənt How to pronounce emolument (audio) \

Definition of emolument

1 : the returns arising from office or employment usually in the form of compensation or perquisites
2 archaic : advantage

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hire, packet [British], pay, pay envelope, paycheck, payment, salary, stipend, wage

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To Sir Thomas Williams Person of the Parish ... of Saint Andrew at Baynards Castle in London for his yearly pension 40 shillings ... in recompense of certain offerings, oblations, and emoluments unto the said benefice due.... Thus was recorded in "The Wardrobe Accounts of Edward the Fourth," along with every expense of the realm, the first ever known use of "emolument." By the year 1480, when that entry was made, Latin emolumentum had come to mean simply "profit" or "gain"; it had become removed from its own Latin predecessor, the verb molere, meaning "to grind." The original connection between the noun and this verb was its reference to the profit or gain from grinding another's grain. (The notion of grinding away at our jobs didn't show up in our language until the 1800s.)

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the annual emolument for the director of the charity is officially only one dollar

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The state of Maryland and the District of Columbia sued in 2017, claiming Trump has violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution by accepting profits through foreign and domestic officials who stay at the Trump International Hotel. Denise Lavoie, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. appeals court throws out lawsuit accusing Trump of illegally profiting off presidency through D.C. hotel," 10 July 2019 This is the second time Justice lawyers have petitioned a higher court to take up a case dealing with the emoluments clause, which bans government officials from accepting foreign gifts and money without Congress' permission. CBS News, "Justice Department files to stop Trump suit demanding financial documents," 9 July 2019 Trump's lawyers deny that the president has violated the emoluments clause, contending that the constitutional provision only bars compensation made in connection with services provided in his official capacity with a foreign or domestic government. NBC News, "Trump hotel in Washington charged Secret Service $200,000 in president's first year," 27 June 2019 One clause bars federal officers from taking gifts, or emoluments, from foreign governments. Washington Post, "Obscure no more, the emoluments clause is back again in a federal court," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of emolument

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for emolument

Middle English, from Latin emolumentum advantage, from emolere to produce by grinding, from e- + molere to grind — more at meal

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Legal Definition of emolument

: a return arising from office or employment usually in the form of compensation or perquisites the President shall, at stated times, receive for his services, a compensation…and he shall not receive within that period any other emolumentU.S. Constitution art. II

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