emolument

noun emol·u·ment \ i-ˈmäl-yə-mənt \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

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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Examples of emolument in a Sentence

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

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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.)

Origin and Etymology of 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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emolument

noun emol·u·ment \ i-ˈmäl-yə-mənt \

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 emolument
  • U.S. Constitution art. II

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