payroll

noun

pay·​roll ˈpā-ˌrōl How to pronounce payroll (audio)
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 Yes, organizations and employees have benefited from HR’s streamlining and automation of workflows, plus the creation of a digital toolkit for everything from payroll to sourcing talent. Ryan Wong, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Across California, about 24% of fast-food employees earned a base wage of at least that much as of the end of last year, according to a payroll index compiled by payments services company Square. Bloomberg, The Mercury News, 28 Feb. 2024 The store had switched from an official payroll system to paper checks from Jones. Andrea Klick, Kansas City Star, 27 Feb. 2024 The order will exempt ordinary financial activities of multinationals or federal contractors, such as a company or government agency that is processing payroll data for employees in countries of concern. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2024 The Padres had the third-highest payroll in baseball last season at $258 million, but finished 82-80 and missed the playoffs. David Brandt, USA TODAY, 20 Feb. 2024 Several of those in the West who advocated for lifting sanctions, meanwhile, were on his payroll, making their arguments suspect. Gideon Rose, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Rose claimed the government disregarded business expenses, including payroll for 20 employees, marketing and promotions, utility bills, trademarks, lease and rent for five locations, travel expenses, research and development. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2024 But Cisco’s stock price has gained just 6% during the same period, a factor that might have played into management’s decision to make even deeper payroll cuts than some of the company’s tech brethren. Michael Liedtke, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1740, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of payroll was in 1740

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“Payroll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/payroll. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

payroll

noun
pay·​roll ˈpā-ˌrōl How to pronounce payroll (audio)
1
: a list of persons entitled to receive pay with the amounts due to each
2
: the amount of money necessary to pay those on a payroll
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