pay·​roll | \ ˈpā-ˌrōl How to pronounce payroll (audio) \

Definition of payroll

1 : a paymaster's or employer's list of those entitled to pay and of the amounts due to each
2 : the sum necessary for distribution to those on a payroll also : the money to be distributed

Examples of payroll in a Sentence

They cut him from their payroll. He's the manager of a baseball team with a $50 million payroll. Businesses are keeping their payrolls low by embracing new technologies.
Recent Examples on the Web While Connecticut’s government overtime costs rose considerably this fiscal year as state employees retired in large numbers, overall payroll is way down from one decade ago. Keith M. Phaneuf, Hartford Courant, 15 June 2022 Anthony Santander and Trey Mancini each had two hits for the Orioles, whose $48 million payroll is the lowest in the majors. Michael Wagaman, Baltimore Sun, 20 Apr. 2022 Manata’s last day on the department’s payroll was Feb. 28. NBC News, 16 Apr. 2022 With a young roster filled with players that are still on cheap deals, the payroll was low for this Thunder team. Nick Crain, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 The Angels’ payroll was in the top 10 in baseball last year. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2022 By June, the payroll will be down to Heatherington and one other half-timer, who will oversee his charitable foundation. oregonlive, 25 Mar. 2022 The Diamondbacks' payroll in 2021 was $109.4 million, while the Tigers' was $103.9 million. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 4 Mar. 2022 The payroll has been high, but the results in 2021, and the lack of progress in the standings, doomed both Zimmer and Spielman. Barry Wilner, ajc, 10 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of payroll

1740, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of payroll was in 1740

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19 Jun 2022

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“Payroll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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pay·​roll | \ ˈpā-ˌrōl How to pronounce payroll (audio) \

Kids Definition of payroll

1 : a list of persons who receive pay
2 : the amount of money necessary to pay the employees of a business


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