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per diem

adverb per di·em \ (ˌ)pər-ˈdē-əm , -ˈdī- \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of per diem

:by the day :for each day

Examples of per diem in a Sentence

  1. Employees will be given $20 per diem for expenses.

Origin and Etymology of per diem

Medieval Latin


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per diem

adjective

Definition of per diem

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

First Known Use of per diem

1765


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per diem

noun

Definition of per diem

plural per diems
1 :a daily allowance
2 :a daily fee

Examples of per diem in a Sentence

  1. He received a $30 per diem for food.

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First Known Use of per diem

1812


PER DIEM Defined for English Language Learners

per diem

adverb

Definition of per diem for English Language Learners

  • : for each day : per day


per diem

noun

Definition of per diem for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

Perdiem

trademark Per·di·em \ pər-ˈdē-ˌem, -əm \

medical Definition of Perdiem

used for a laxative preparation of psyllium seed husks and senna

Law Dictionary

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per diem

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

legal Definition of per diem

:by the day :for each day
  • paid per diem

Origin and Etymology of per diem

Latin


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per diem

adjective

legal Definition of per diem

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

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per diem

noun

legal Definition of per diem

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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