per diem

adverb
per di·em | \(ˌ)pər-ˈdē-əm, -ˈdī- \

Definition of per diem 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: by the day : for each day

per diem

adjective

Definition of per diem (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : based on use or service by the day : daily

2 : paid by the day

per diem

noun
plural per diems

Definition of per diem (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a daily allowance

2 : a daily fee

Examples of per diem in a Sentence

Adverb

Employees will be given $20 per diem for expenses.

Noun

He received a $30 per diem for food.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For example, the per diem rate in Surprise, Scottsdale, Glendale and Peoria is based on federal guidelines. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Surprise city travel includes four-star hotel stays," 16 Apr. 2018 Players receive a total of $1,500 in per diem during the 12-day league. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "The Economics of a Las Vegas Summer League Invite," 12 July 2018 A decade ago, the state faced similar scrutiny following revelations that state lawmakers for years had received a per diem for mileage, meals, and other expenses. Kay Lazar, BostonGlobe.com, "Despite warning, MassDOT continued toll-free perk for workers, retirees," 8 June 2018 The probe started with the manager’s claims, then found the possibility that per diem money was not being issued to players as it was supposed to be, along with other allegations. Tim Reynolds, baltimoresun.com, "Siena men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos resigns amid investigation into abuse," 13 Apr. 2018 It was also reported that members of Patsos’ staff withheld players’ per diem payments for meals in order to pay a large bar tab. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "Report: Siena hires Mount St. Mary's coach Jamion Christian to replace Jimmy Patsos," 2 May 2018 The per diem payments currently cost the state more than $16,000 for each extra day the Legislature is in Juneau. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Legislature roundup: Lawmakers inch toward Permanent Fund deal as fights brew over Native languages, expense checks," 24 Apr. 2018 Legislators receive a per diem for mileage, meals, and other expenses. Kay Lazar, BostonGlobe.com, "How many state employees get tax-free perks? Officials are on a hunt to find out," 4 June 2018 Whitehouse's letter asks the inspector general to see if Pruitt flies first class on non-official trips, and if so, whether the EPA pays for the security detail's flights, accommodations and per diems. Sara Ganim And Rene Marsh, CNN, "Senator: Pruitt security included Disneyland, Rose Bowl trips," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of per diem

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for per diem

Adverb

Medieval Latin

Adverb

Latin

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per diem

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of per diem

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: for each day : per day

per diem

noun

English Language Learners Definition of per diem (Entry 2 of 2)

: an amount of money given to someone for daily expenses (such as food or fuel)

Perdiem

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Per·di·em | \pər-ˈdē-ˌem, -əm \

Medical Definition of Perdiem 

used for a laxative preparation of psyllium seed husks and senna

per diem

adverb
per di·em | \pər-ˈdē-əm, -ˈdī- \

Legal Definition of per diem 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: by the day : for each day paid per diem

per diem

adjective

Legal Definition of per diem (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : based on use or service by the day per diem compensation

2 : paid or calculated by the day per diem interest

per diem

noun

Legal Definition of per diem (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a daily allowance received a per diem for expenses

2 : a daily fee paid a per diem for maintenance of the equipment

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