per diem

1 of 3

adverb

: by the day : for each day

per diem

2 of 3

adjective

1
: based on use or service by the day : daily
2
: paid by the day

per diem

3 of 3

noun

plural per diems
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
Adverb
Their complaint may have had something to do with the fact that commissioners had cut the per diem to $13. Richard Selcer, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 13 July 2024 Mikaela worked there for over a year, also taking on a per diem Home Health nursing role six months into her ICU tenure. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 5 July 2024 Contestants who made the final cut were given a modest per diem and lived in a two-bedroom apartment with a fellow swan. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2024 The veterinarians are hired per diem and often dedicate one day out of the week or a few times a month to the nonprofit. Stephen Underwood, Hartford Courant, 31 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for per diem 

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Word History

Etymology

Adverb

Medieval Latin

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of per diem was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Per diem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/per%20diem. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

per diem

adverb
per di·​em
(ˌ)pər-dē-əm,
-ˈdī-
: by the day : for each day
per diem adjective

Medical Definition

Perdiem

trademark
Per·​di·​em pər-ˈdē-ˌem, -əm How to pronounce Perdiem (audio)
used for a laxative preparation of psyllium seed husks and senna

Legal Definition

per diem

1 of 3 adverb
: by the day : for each day
paid per diem

per diem

2 of 3 adjective
1
: based on use or service by the day
per diem compensation
2
: paid or calculated by the day
per diem interest

per diem

3 of 3 noun
1
: a daily allowance
received a per diem for expenses
2
: a daily fee
paid a per diem for maintenance of the equipment
Etymology

Adverb

Latin

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