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sal·a·ry (sălə-rē, sălrē)
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n. pl. sal·a·ries
Fixed compensation for services, paid to a person on a regular basis.

[Middle English salarie, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin salārium, salary or stipend paid to a military or civil post holder (probably originally “money given to soldiers for buying salt and other such things, supplementing a grain ration”), from neuter of salārius, relating to salt, from sāl, salt; see sal- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots. For the semantic development, compare Greek opsōnion, salary, wages, from opson, relish, fish, or other tasty food to be eaten as accompaniment to bread, and ōneisthai, to buy.]

sala·ried adj.

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