Definition of perquisite in English:



  • 1A benefit which one enjoys or is entitled to on account of one's job or position.

    ‘the wife of a president has all the perquisites of stardom’
    • ‘With workers in demand, employees can easily leave one organization and seek a better salary and perquisites in a new position.’
    • ‘They will there be showered with perquisites, first and not least among them that they will never again have to read another screenplay.’
    • ‘To the extent that it repudiates those duties, it is accountable to the society in which it functions and from which it enjoys its freedoms, privileges and perquisites.’
    • ‘It goes to the accountability and the powers and perquisites of the government.’
    • ‘It hardly needs saying that their salaries are not over generous or that perquisites are few.’
    • ‘This level of gambling makes him a ‘whale’ in casino terms, given all sorts of perquisites.’
    • ‘Usually, the erring civil servants could only be punished by a transfer to some other post or region, without any cuts in their existing salary or perquisites.’
    • ‘To carry out this function the Speaker was supplied with silver by the Crown, which he retained as a perquisite after leaving office.’
    • ‘That's an unexpected perquisite that has benefited my daily life away from the poker tables.’
    • ‘As he has evidently now discovered, the trappings of high office are not limited to posh perquisites and media glare.’
    • ‘He increased the university's endowment and, at the same time, enormously expanded administrative costs and perquisites.’
    • ‘The loss or diminution of salary and other contractual perquisites are claimed as special damages.’
    • ‘Outside appointments confer prestige and status, as well as financial rewards and perquisites.’
    • ‘The representatives of both families regarded their seats as family perquisites.’
    • ‘He is a symbol for them of their own high status and perquisites, which are now threatened.’
    • ‘Life at Court was in fact an endless pursuit of advantage, status, pensions, offices, and perquisites from those whom royal favour endowed with power to bestow them.’
    • ‘The proposal is premised on the idea that tenure exists as a perquisite, a personal entitlement, and nothing more.’
    • ‘They desire fair compensation and financial benefits as well as the perquisites of many managerial jobs.’
    • ‘Salaries and perquisites are unlikely to have kept greedy men satisfied enough to prevent it.’
    • ‘She asked him if he missed the perquisites of being Speaker of the House.’
    benefit, value, reward, merit, good point, strong point, asset, plus, bonus, boon, blessing, virtue, privilege, perk, fringe benefit, additional benefit, added extra
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    1. 1.1historical A thing which has served its primary use and to which a subordinate or employee has a customary right.


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin perquisitum acquisition, from Latin perquirere search diligently for, from per- thoroughly + quaerere seek.