Definition of emolument in English:



  • A salary, fee, or profit from employment or office.

    ‘the directors' emoluments’
    • ‘The Chairman accepted my plea and ordered the deduction of daily allowance from my emoluments.’
    • ‘The reference to emoluments has been misunderstood as four times salary, when in fact it's much more.’
    • ‘In this context remuneration means basic pay for the year in question plus the average of any fluctuating emoluments (eg bonuses, overtime payments, profits from share options) over a suitable period - usually three years or more’
    • ‘Directors emoluments for the year were €132,150.’
    • ‘As an employer, you will have a responsibility to provide details of benefits, noncash emoluments and payments not subjected to tax.’
    • ‘He said growth was only boosted by a significant expansion in government value added, resulting mainly from increased personnel emoluments due to the recent increases in the salaries of civil servants.’
    • ‘A payment made to an employee on the termination of his employment is fully taxable unless it is compensation for a change in the functions or emoluments, or for the total loss of the employment.’
    • ‘The most surprising absence arises from the statement that ‘no performance related emoluments were paid to any director.’’
    • ‘The degree of PhD, as I remember, is conferred on us with all the perquisites and emoluments pertaining thereto.’
    • ‘Alternatively, he must, with the same alacrity, forego the emoluments, protection and perks of his exalted office and resume life at ground zero along with normal, endangered citizens.’
    • ‘Look closely and you will see that in all the States and at the Centre, the perks and emoluments for these politicians and bureaucrats have spiralled up.’
    • ‘After the conclave certain honorary distinctions and pecuniary emoluments are awarded to the conclavists.’
    • ‘Regulation 4 applies where a person to whom Regulation 3 applies suffers a reduction in emoluments in employment by reason of the injury or disease.’
    • ‘The four directors of the company received dividends and directors' emoluments of €200,000 and €850,000 respectively.’
    • ‘Let the police deal with crime, that is why taxpayers provide their salaries and emoluments.’
    • ‘We have then applied reasonable costs to the running of the Centre, but have excluded Directors' emoluments, bank interest charges and pension fund contributions.’
    • ‘Remuneration as per the income tax act includes among other, any salary, leave pay, allowance, wage, overtime pay, bonus, gratuity, commission, fee, emoluments or pension.’
    • ‘Pensionable Salary is defined under the said Rules as basic salary or wages together with (inter alia) any fluctuating emoluments received during the previous Scheme Year.’
    payment, fee, charge, consideration
    salary, pay, earnings, allowance, stipend, honorarium
    income, revenue, return, profit, gain, proceeds
    reward, compensation, premium, recompense
    perks, pickings
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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.