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 agency has already released figures for the amount of retroactive per diem payments claimed by lawmakers through June 10. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Special sessions cost more than $1.2 million so far this year," 27 Aug. 2019 And the rules state hotel costs significantly higher than standard per diem rates must be clearly explained. oregonlive.com, "Portland spent $1,100 a night on hotel for mayor’s aide, records show," 22 Aug. 2019 In 25 of 51 hospitality events and business meetings involving executive travel, the average cost per person was higher than what is allotted for a full day per diem in those cities, the audit says. Washington Post, "Audit: Federal utility execs overspent on travel expenses," 13 Sep. 2019 One crew member, apparently confused about the set up, reportedly texted an acquaintance, saying their daily per diem didn’t cover food and drinks at the Trump resort. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "US military spent $17.2 million at Scottish airport near Trump resort," 9 Sep. 2019 Ducey waited until nearly the last minute to take action on the per diem issue. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Ducey slaps down lawmakers' effort to triple daily allowances," 7 June 2019 Ross: The team pays for seven nights in a hotel and seven days per diem. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers Dugout: How does Kenley Jansen compare to other possible playoff closers?," 16 Aug. 2019 Pinson did not have to relinquish any of his per diem. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "Coach's Challenges Are Coming: Is the NBA Ready?," 10 July 2019 The House and Senate currently do release limited records, including lawmaker expenses and per diems. Washington Post, "Washington Supreme Court weighing legislative records case," 11 June 2019

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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
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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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