pay·check | \ ˈpā-ˌchek \

Definition of paycheck 

1 : a check in payment of wages or salary

2 : wages, 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.

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After four decades of fatter paychecks and better living, its people have higher expectations. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras," 8 July 2018 On one side, write down the money coming in from your paycheck or part-time gigs. Ann Carrns,, "Just out of college? Now is the time to take stock of your finances," 7 July 2018 With more people drawing paychecks and able to afford a home, demand has intensified. CBS News, "Why the robust economy doesn't reflect the reality for many Americans," 16 June 2018 With more people drawing paychecks and able to afford a home, demand has intensified. Josh Boak, USA TODAY, "Why aren't many Americans benefiting from the robust U.S. economy?," 15 June 2018 There is little to no glory that comes with it, only a big-league paycheck and a chance to perform at the Major League level. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Mopping up is no easy task. Just ask this Marlins pitcher. | Miami Herald," 8 May 2018 Teachers are caretakers, the argument goes, and therefore if some teachers are willing to walk out of school, then they're just selfishly concerned with their paycheck and not willing enough to sacrifice their comfort for their students. Luke Darby, GQ, "Betsy DeVos, Matt Bevin, and the Smarmy Attack on Teachers," 18 Apr. 2018 Republicans hoped that would change after the law began to take effect, as more money showed up in paychecks and Republicans did more to explain the benefits. Janet Hook, WSJ, "Tax Overhaul Remains Unpopular, Poll Shows," 16 Apr. 2018 This type of investment will pay off for many years in terms of bigger paychecks and a more fulfilling career. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner,, "Here are the best ways to use your tax refund," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of paycheck

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of paycheck

: a check that is used to pay an employee for his or her work

: the money that you regularly earn : a wage or salary


pay·check | \ ˈpā-ˌchek \

Kids Definition of paycheck

: a check given or received as wages or salary

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