perquisite

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noun per·qui·site \ ˈpər-kwə-zət \

Definition of perquisite

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

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Examples of perquisite in a Sentence

  1. Use of the company's jet is a perquisite of the job.

  2. give the movers a perquisite if they do a good job

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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").

Origin and Etymology of 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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