sa·​lar·​i·​at sə-ˈler-ē-ət How to pronounce salariat (audio)
: the class or body of salaried persons usually as distinguished from wage earners

Word History


borrowed from French, from salarié "person receiving a salary" (from past participle of salarier "to compensate with a salary," going back to Middle French, latinizing derivative of salaire salary) + -at -ate entry 2

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of salariat was in 1917

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Cite this Entry

“Salariat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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