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

Definition of paycheck

1 : a check in payment of wages or salary
2 : wages, salary

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Synonyms for paycheck


emolument, hire, packet [British], pay, pay envelope, payment, salary, stipend, wage

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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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According to authorities, MyPayrollHR, based in Clifton Park, N.Y., shut down last week after direct-deposit company Cachet Financial Services accused it of moving $26 million from small-business employee paychecks to one of its own bank accounts. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "FBI investigates payroll company accused of stiffing $35M from small businesses," 13 Sep. 2019 Since the movie's sequel has already wrapped up filming, Jacob can count two huge paychecks from both of those projects. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Jacob Elordi's Net Worth Skyrocketed After "The Kissing Booth"," 4 Sep. 2019 Social Security benefits come from two sources: taxes collected from current workers’ paychecks and a trust fund of specially issued U.S. Treasury securities. Washington Post, "Liz Weston: What millennials get wrong about Social Security," 19 Aug. 2019 Employers use the tables to determine how much tax to withhold from an employee’s paycheck. Michelle Singletary,, "Were you blindsided by your 2018 taxes? The IRS has a new tool that can help," 10 Aug. 2019 The decline in union membership rates has been larger in states that had previously allowed mandatory fees to be deducted from the paychecks of public school teachers, police and other government workers than in states that had not. David A. Lieb,, "Public-sector unions stay strong, 1 year after ruling in Illinois case banned mandatory fees," 12 July 2019 The rule will prohibit states from automatically collecting dues from home-care workers’ paychecks. Kris Maher, WSJ, "New Rule to Test Union Membership, Finances," 3 July 2019 Bouchard has also credited the Legislature's January 2017 passage of a right-to-work law barring employers from automatically deducting union dues from employee paychecks. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Are Trump tariffs behind a $1.5 billion Kentucky mill investment?," 7 June 2018 Social Security benefits come from two sources: taxes collected from current workers' paychecks and a trust fund of specially issued U.S. Treasury securities. Liz Weston, Dallas News, "Believing these myths about Social Security could hurt millennials," 21 Aug. 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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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 spread over or through

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