pay·​check ˈpā-ˌchek How to pronounce paycheck (audio)
: a check in payment of wages or salary

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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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Paycheck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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pay·​check ˈpā-ˌchek How to pronounce paycheck (audio)
: a check in payment of wages or salary

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