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Definition of perquisite

1 : a privilege, gain, or profit incidental to regular salary or wages especially : one expected or promised
2 : gratuity, tip
3 : something held or claimed as an exclusive right or possession

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gratuity, tip

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Looking to acquire a job loaded with perquisites, or "perks" (a synonym of "perquisites")? Don’t give up the search! Make plenty of inquiries, send out an exquisitely crafted resume, and follow up with queries. Your quest may result in your conquering of the job market. After all, today’s word perquisite derives from Latin perquirere, which means "to search for thoroughly." That Latin word, in turn, is from the verb quaerere, meaning "to ask" or "to seek." Seven other words in this paragraph are from "quaerere" as well - "acquire," "inquiries," "exquisitely," "queries," "conquering," "quest," and, of course, "perk" (which was formed by shortening and altering "perquisite").

Examples of perquisite in a Sentence

Use of the company's jet is a perquisite of the job. give the movers a perquisite if they do a good job

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The parking perquisite has evolved into a point of pride. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Among the Lesser-Known Nobel Prize Perks: Free Parking," 7 Oct. 2018 Companies can offer it as a perquisite for employees or something an employee pays a few dollars for out of each paycheck. Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News, "Loss of Life Advocates guides loved ones through tangled affairs of death," 13 May 2018 The Courant calculates compensation as the sum of salary, bonuses, value gained on the exercise of stock options and vesting of stock awards and value of perquisites, such as a retirement plan and personal use of the company’s plane. Stephen Singer,, "Aetna: 2017 Compensation For CEO Bertolini Neared $59 Million," 7 Apr. 2018 Total pay—including salary, cash incentives, equity, perquisites and more—rose at least 9.9% for half the executives, the fastest annual growth since 2014, while about a quarter of the executives received raises of 25% or more. Theo Francis And Joann S. Lublin, WSJ, "Median CEO Pay Hit Record of Nearly $12 Million in 2017, Juiced by Markets," 21 Mar. 2018 The misuse of government travel and other perquisites of office has been a persistent theme of the Trump administration. Shane Harris, Washington Post, "Susan Pompeo’s role as ‘first lady of the CIA’ draws critics and defenders," 19 Mar. 2018 Yet even after these industrial and financial titans had begun to avail themselves of such perquisites, our heads of state maintained lingering reservations about priority treatment. Gideon Lewis-kraus, New York Times, "Selling Airborne Opulence to the Upper Upper Upper Class," 23 Jan. 2018 As the job market tightens, many employers are creating more perquisites and positive work environments for workers. Mark Trumbull, The Christian Science Monitor, "America's split-screen economy," 9 Oct. 2017 Instead, the legitimacy and perquisites conferred by U.N. membership might have helped the regime survive. Claudia Rosett, WSJ, "Kick North Korea Out of the U.N.," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of perquisite

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for perquisite

Middle English, property acquired by means other than inheritance, from Anglo-French perquisit, Medieval Latin perquisitum, from neuter of perquisitus, past participle of perquirere to purchase, acquire, from Latin, to search for thoroughly, from per- thoroughly + quaerere to seek

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