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 The Arizona legislature approved a Department of Corrections budget request in 2021 that accounted for the possibility of higher per diem rates in private prison contracts. Jimmy Jenkins, The Arizona Republic, 6 Jan. 2022 Since 2015, Alaska’s 60 state legislators have been paid an average of $85,400 in salary and per diem expense payments. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Dec. 2021 Their base salary is $39,399 a year, not including per diem and expenses. Nwa Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, 11 Dec. 2021 The contract, the first CBA for a second-division men’s soccer league in the CONCACAF region, will set a minimum compensation structure and new standards for player contracts, per diem rates and appearances. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2021 What’s happening with breakaway House members’ per diem payments? Dallas News, 14 July 2021 With the Legislature repeatedly called into special session, the amount of per diem has risen, drawing public ire. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Dec. 2021 That's the per diem on the Texas taxpayer dole to obviously go to Portugal for vacation. Fox News Staff, Fox News, 6 Aug. 2021 The expenses run every day: travel costs, per diem, union labor, security, and marketing. Eric Fuller, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021

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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 18 Jan. 2022.

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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 3 of 2)

: 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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