pay·​check | \ ˈpā-ˌchek How to pronounce paycheck (audio) \

Definition of paycheck

1 : a check in payment of wages or salary

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Examples of paycheck in a Sentence

I went to the office to pick up my paycheck. Your weekly paycheck will be almost $600 after taxes.
Recent Examples on the Web As Thanksgiving approaches, the striking workers at Metro’s Cinder Bed Road bus garage have missed two paychecks. Justin George, Washington Post, "For striking Metrobus workers, the fight for more rights and better pay outweighs the financial hardship," 24 Nov. 2019 No sense in hiding it: This is a paycheck game for Samford, and everyone knows it. Tom Green |, al, "Tiger Buzz: Auburn vs. Samford TV info, key matchups, players to watch," 23 Nov. 2019 After her paycheck money was taken out, Ms. Hartfield struggled to pay for child care for her 5-month-old baby. Aaron Randle, New York Times, "$26 Million in Missing Paychecks, One Mysterious Swindler Charged," 21 Nov. 2019 Whether Kaepernick is willing to accept a scout team role and paycheck is one thing., "“It’s fun to see that there’s people that strategize in the game, they don’t just do the same things over and over,” Henning, retired in Florida, said by telephone this past week.," 16 Nov. 2019 The unlimited expense accounts and fat reporter paychecks began to dry up and the conservative-leaning paper took a deep dive into the far right after media mogul and Trump friend David Pecker purchased it in 1999. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "National Enquirer documentary ‘Scandalous’ is flawed, but fun to watch," 11 Nov. 2019 Voters can also use a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or another government document that has the voter's name and current address and was sent within the last year. Erin Glynn,, "Election Day 2019: How, when and where to vote," 4 Nov. 2019 In her dissent, Ginsburg pointed out that the unlawful employment practice of paying Ledbetter less because of her gender happened with every paycheck. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s proudest professional moment was a loss," 1 Nov. 2019 Svitolina is the lone player remaining who can finish undefeated and thus claim a record $4.725 million paycheck. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Ash Barty's star shines brightly at WTA Finals as she reaches semis," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of paycheck

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of paycheck was in 1899

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28 Nov 2019

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“Paycheck.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of paycheck

: a check that is used to pay an employee for his or her work
chiefly US : the money that you regularly earn : a wage or salary


pay·​check | \ ˈpā-ˌchek How to pronounce paycheck (audio) \

Kids Definition of paycheck

: a check given or received as wages or salary

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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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