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 After spending a good portion of January and February out doing shows, Skaggs and his crew found themselves off the road and without a paycheck due to various COVID-19 lockdowns starting in March. Tricia Despres,, "Ricky Skaggs Feeling '150%' After Quadruple Bypass: 'It Was a Blessing I Didn't Have a Heart Attack''," 30 Dec. 2020 Many others are one missed paycheck away from losing their housing., "Community news for the Enfield edition," 12 Nov. 2020 No American should have to choose between earning a paycheck and voting. Erik Burbank, Fortune, "Outdoor industry leaders: Why we’re giving our employees the resources to vote," 7 Oct. 2020 These changes endanger more than just the vote—think of all the people who rely on the mail for their medication or paycheck—and should be fought with vigor. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Honestly, Just Vote In Person—It’s Safer Than You Think," 17 Aug. 2020 Valle did not receive her final paycheck for this reason according to the lawsuit. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "This Arizona coffee chain is being sued for allegedly failing to pay employees properly," 3 Aug. 2020 There won't be a May Madness because the NCAA can't do that and still get the billion dollar paycheck. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, "College basketball can't wait for March Madness -- not May Madness," 23 Dec. 2020 But in return for the sort of money that can vaccinate millions of people, these organizations get business certainty while their employees get paycheck certainty. Alan Levine, STAT, "Let the ultra-rich and influential skip the line for Covid-19 vaccines? Hear me out," 22 Dec. 2020 After winning a judgment, Methodist would then try to garnish the defendant’s paycheck, even when the defendant made very little money. Wendi C. Thomas, ProPublica, "Nonprofit Hospital Almost Never Gave Discounts to Poor Patients During Collections, Documents Show," 4 Dec. 2020

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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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14 Jan 2021

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“Paycheck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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