- a salary, fee, or profit from employment or office:
“the directors’ emoluments”
salary · pay · payment · wage(s) · earnings · allowance · stipend · honorarium · reward · premium · fee · charge · consideration · income · profit · gain · return
- The profit arising from office, employment, or labor; that which is received as a compensation for services, or which is annexed to the possession of office as salary, fees, and perquisites. Any perquisite, advantage, profit, or gain arising from the possession of an office.
in revenue law, income from employment. Statute defines it as including ‘all salaries, fees, wages, perquisites and profits whatsoever’. Perquisites include benefits in kind.
wage, hire, packet [British], pay, paycheck, pay envelope, payment, salary, stipend
To Sir Thomas Williams Person of the Parish … of Saint Andrew at Baynards Castle in London for his yearly pension 40 shillings … in recompense of certain offerings, oblations, and emoluments unto the said benefice due…. Thus was recorded in “The Wardrobe Accounts of Edward the Fourth,” along with every expense of the realm, the first ever known use of “emolument.” By the year 1480, when that entry was made, Latin emolumentum had come to mean simply “profit” or “gain”; it had become removed from its own Latin predecessor, the verb molere, meaning “to grind.” The original connection between the noun and this verb was its reference to the profit or gain from grinding another’s grain. (The notion of grinding away at our jobs didn’t show up in our language until the 1800s.)
late Middle English: from Latin emolumentum, originally probably ‘payment to a miller for grinding grain,’ from emolere ‘grind up,’ from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out, thoroughly’ + molere ‘grind.’
First Known Use: 15th century
emoluments (plural noun)