Definition of perquisite in US English:



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    another term for perk
    • ‘The passes are food coupons or vouchers that employers can offer to employees as perquisites.’
    • ‘At the same time I was making no concessions to my declining wealth in the salaries and perquisites I offered my employees.’
    • ‘No longer was wealth primarily the perquisite of the landed.’
    • ‘When companies start disclosing that they have extended this perquisite, he said, their shares drop 2 percent, on average.’
    • ‘Administrations at some institutions appear to have viewed computer and Internet access as a lower-order faculty perquisite that may be summarily terminated.’
    1. 1.1 A thing regarded as a special right or privilege enjoyed as a result of one's position.
      ‘the wife of a president has all the perquisites of stardom’
      • ‘That's an unexpected perquisite that has benefited my daily life away from the poker tables.’
      • ‘It hardly needs saying that their salaries are not over generous or that perquisites are few.’
      • ‘She asked him if he missed the perquisites of being Speaker of the House.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As he has evidently now discovered, the trappings of high office are not limited to posh perquisites and media glare.’
      • ‘The loss or diminution of salary and other contractual perquisites are claimed as special damages.’
      • ‘He increased the university's endowment and, at the same time, enormously expanded administrative costs and perquisites.’
      • ‘Salaries and perquisites are unlikely to have kept greedy men satisfied enough to prevent it.’
      • ‘He is a symbol for them of their own high status and perquisites, which are now threatened.’
      • ‘They will there be showered with perquisites, first and not least among them that they will never again have to read another screenplay.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The proposal is premised on the idea that tenure exists as a perquisite, a personal entitlement, and nothing more.’
      • ‘The representatives of both families regarded their seats as family perquisites.’
      • ‘To carry out this function the Speaker was supplied with silver by the Crown, which he retained as a perquisite after leaving office.’
      • ‘Outside appointments confer prestige and status, as well as financial rewards and perquisites.’
      • ‘This level of gambling makes him a ‘whale’ in casino terms, given all sorts of perquisites.’
      • ‘With workers in demand, employees can easily leave one organization and seek a better salary and perquisites in a new position.’
      • ‘They desire fair compensation and financial benefits as well as the perquisites of many managerial jobs.’
      • ‘It goes to the accountability and the powers and perquisites of the government.’
      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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    2. 1.2historical A thing that has served its primary use and is then given to a subordinate or employee as a customary right.


Perquisite and prerequisite are sometimes confused. Perquisite usually means ‘an extra allowance or privilege’: he had all the perquisites of a movie star, including a stand-in. Prerequisite means ‘something required as a condition’: passing the examination was one of the prerequisites for a teaching position


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