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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For instance, under the FAMILY Act, employees and employers would pay a small amount from each paycheck into an insurance fund to pay for leave. Alan Barber, Fortune, "Ivanka Trump’s Paid Leave Policy Would Be Disastrous. Here Are Some Better Options," 15 June 2018 Since Congress reformed the U.S. Tax Code for the first time in more than three decades, 90 percent of Americans have seen bigger paychecks. Naperville Sun, "Letters to the Editor," 1 June 2018 But solid job and income growth, along with bigger paychecks following the tax cuts are expected to juice outlays for most of 2018. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Economy grew solid 2.3% in Q1," 27 Apr. 2018 Finkelstein said superintendents use comparisons with other districts to get bigger paychecks. Diana Lambert, sacbee, "Sacramento school superintendent salaries soar, some higher than university leaders | The Sacramento Bee," 16 Apr. 2018 Hiring surged last month at its fastest pace since mid-2016, but wage growth slowed — an ideal combination for the stock market, but not for workers longing for consistently bigger paychecks. Andrew Khouri,, "U.S. economy adds 313,000 jobs in February, but wage gains slow," 9 Mar. 2018 In the years between Boettcher’s last ride and Bowen’s first, the sport has benefitted from weekly television exposure and bigger paychecks that go along with major corporate sponsors. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, "The non-Texan professional cowboy is a thing," 11 Feb. 2018 In all likelihood, the 16.35 will earn Moore one of the bigger paychecks in the first round. Brett Hoffman, star-telegram, "Barrel racer injured in Fort Worth last year turns in fastest run | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 Jan. 2018 Prices have risen roughly at the same rate as wages, erasing any gains workers may have hoped to realize via bigger paychecks. Heather Long,, "Inflation hits 6-year high, wiping out wage gains for the average American," 13 July 2018

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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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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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