per diem

adverb
per di·​em | \ (ˌ)pər-ˈdē-əm How to pronounce per diem (audio) , -ˈdī- How to pronounce per diem (audio) \

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 Usually bosses don’t owe their jobs, election financing and per diem to the employees. Arkansas Online, "Not quite finished," 15 Nov. 2020 The assembly pays $110,459 a year plus a $201 per diem, so Lee will be quitting gig work. Sam Whiting, SFChronicle.com, "At 25, California’s youngest state legislator gets running start in San Jose," 8 Nov. 2020 The recommendation also says the per diem for aldermen would increase from $75 to $90, starting after the April 2021 election. Steve Lord, chicagotribune.com, "Panel recommends pay increase for Aurora mayor, aldermen," 9 Oct. 2020 The report found no improper conduct in the handling of meal per diem debit cards for cheerleaders, a potential issue raised in the school’s earlier investigation into misconduct in the program. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Financial audit reveals conflicts of interest for former UK cheerleading coach," 8 Oct. 2020 The men were paid a per diem by Oregon for the work. Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, "Minnesota firefighters return from two-week tour fighting mountainous Oregon fire," 7 Oct. 2020 On average, the per diem for an ICE detainee is around two hundred dollars per day. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "The Troubling State of Medical Care in ICE Detention," 25 Sep. 2020 Aldermen are paid a salary of $21,184, as well as a per diem of $75 for each meeting attended. Steve Lord, chicagotribune.com, "Aurora aldermen to discuss pay for mayor, council," 30 Sep. 2020 USA Today reported that reshoots of the movie earned Mark Wahlberg an additional $1.5 million, while his female co-star Michelle Williams received an $80 per diem — adding up to less than $1,000. NBC News, "Chadwick Boseman took pay cut to boost Sienna Miller's salary on '21 Bridges'," 29 Sep. 2020

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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

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“Per diem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/per%20diem. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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per diem

adverb
How to pronounce per diem (audio) How to pronounce per diem (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of per diem

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : for each day : per day

per diem

noun

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

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

Perdiem

trademark
Per·​di·​em | \ pər-ˈdē-ˌem, -əm How to pronounce Perdiem (audio) \

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- How to pronounce per diem (audio) \

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

History and Etymology for per diem

Adverb

Latin

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