Definition of temp to perm in US English:

temp to perm

noun

  • A temporary position which carries the possibility of being changed to a permanent position; (also occasionally) a person filling or aspiring to such a position.

adjective

  • Designating or relating to a post which is initially temporary but could become permanent.

Origin

1970s; earliest use found in The Times. From temp + to + perm.

Pronunciation

temp to perm

/ˌtɛmp tə ˈpəːm/