minimum wage


: the lowest wage paid or permitted to be paid
specifically : a wage fixed by legal authority or by contract as the least that may be paid either to employed persons generally or to a particular category of employed persons

Examples of minimum wage in a Sentence

Congress will vote on a bill to raise the minimum wage.
Recent Examples on the Web The salary agreements would lift the minimum wage of the city’s full- and part-time workers, setting it at $20 per hour this year and $25 by June 2026. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2024 The batch of jobs announced Thursday will be created starting in 2027 and pay an average minimum wage of nearly $110,000, according to state officials. Gary D. Robertson, Quartz, 11 Apr. 2024 That comes after an almost 10% minimum wage increase to £11.44 an hour came into effect last week. Jennifer Creery, Fortune Europe, 10 Apr. 2024 That depends on several variables, the report says, including the federal government's willingness to cut interest rates and to raise the national minimum wage. Daniel De Visé, USA TODAY, 9 Apr. 2024 Though Ontario’s minimum wage is $16.55, legal experts dubbed the use of Percy sound. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 8 Apr. 2024 On April 1, the new California $20-per-hour minimum wage for fast-food workers went into effect. Larry Elder, Orange County Register, 5 Apr. 2024 More on California $20 an Hour: The nation’s highest state minimum wage for fast-food workers is taking effect in California. Jill Cowan, New York Times, 31 Mar. 2024 In other words, franchises that make their own bread will not be required to pay their employees the new minimum wage starting April 1. Angela Rodriguez, Sacramento Bee, 1 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of minimum wage was in 1860

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“Minimum wage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

minimum wage

: a wage fixed (as by law) as the least that may be paid to employed persons

Legal Definition

minimum wage

: a wage fixed by contract or especially by law as the least that may be paid either to employees generally or to a particular category of employees compare scale

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