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

In 2018, according to a California Senate report, lawmakers received an average of $34,000 in tax-free per diem payments. Steven Malanga, WSJ, "Lawmakers Are Doing a Bad Job—So Give Them a Raise?," 11 Jan. 2019 Legislators get paid more than $100,000 annually, plus per diem costs for travel and lodging while in Sacramento. Melanie Mason, latimes.com, "Before John Cox was Trump's choice for governor, he was on a quixotic mission to remake California's Legislature," 31 May 2018 That case involved per diem payments to state lawmakers. Kay Lazar, BostonGlobe.com, "Taxes not paid on perks for troopers," 26 Apr. 2018 In addition to their salaries, members receive additional $150 per diem payments as well as business-class travel and accommodation while attending FIFA meetings and events. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "After Pledging Reform, FIFA Pays Millions to Ruling Council," 9 Jan. 2018 Le Mignot, 47, has been with CBS 2 on a full-time basis since 1999, while Podesta joined ABC 7 as a per diem reporter in 2015 as Laura Thoren. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "WBBM-Ch. 2 anchor Suzanne Le Mignot buys Gold Coast condo from fellow broadcaster," 5 Jan. 2018 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

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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

adverb

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

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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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