Definition of minimum wage in US English:

minimum wage


  • The lowest wage permitted by law or by a special agreement (such as one with a labor union)

    ‘a national minimum wage would lead to job losses’
    • ‘It is because the claimant is over 26 that she is said to qualify for the minimum wage.’
    • ‘Should she get a job, she will not be eligible for the minimum wage because young people are deemed not to deserve it.’
    • ‘It will offer jobs at the national minimum wage and with the same rights as permanent employees.’
    • ‘Many economists have backed away from the argument that minimum wages lead to fewer jobs.’
    • ‘We already have one of the highest national minimum wages in Europe.’
    • ‘I know as an economist that minimum wages increase unemployment, and as a libertarian I'm against mandating such policies on private parties.’
    • ‘It relates to past workers who in the past had qualified for the national minimum wage.’
    • ‘This summer is also the first since the introduction of the minimum wage and under-18s are entitled to a minimum wages of £3.08 before tax.’
    • ‘By the same token, let's examine the minimum wages as mandated by legislation.’
    • ‘We have introduced not only tax credits but also raised the national minimum wage.’
    • ‘Like the minimum wage, the national agreement may put a floor under wage increases, but nothing more.’
    • ‘The demands of the village guards are not only genuine but also reasonable keeping in view the rising cost of living and the basic minimum wages fixed for other workers in the public and private sector.’
    • ‘But the real impact of the living wage may be its effect on state and city minimum wages.’
    • ‘Constraining the wage would affect thousands of workers on minimum wages and lead to a real cut in living standards.’
    • ‘The agreement raises starting minimum wages by a paltry 35 cents, to $6.70 an hour.’
    • ‘The new focus on the state level includes an effort to make state minimum wages as lasting as most living wage ordinances, by indexing them to the cost of living.’
    • ‘This practice is actually enshrined in the rules governing the national minimum wage.’
    • ‘If a nation enforced minimum wages or working conditions, industry would move to one where there was no enforcement.’
    • ‘Some states and cities have adopted higher minimum wages and enacted living-wage ordinances.’
    • ‘Miners voted in favour of a national strike for a minimum wage, and the strike was massively successful.’


minimum wage

/ˈˌminiməm ˈˌwāj//ˈˌmɪnɪməm ˈˌweɪdʒ/