• noun (also wages) 1 a fixed regular payment for work, typically paid on a daily or weekly basis. 2 the result or effect of doing something wrong or unwise: the wages of sin.
• noun (pl. salaries) a fixed regular payment made by an employer to an employee, especially a professional or white-collar worker.
— ORIGIN Latin salarium, originally denoting a Roman soldier’s allowance to buy salt, from sal ‘salt’.
In the UK a salary is interpreted as an annual sum, paid in monthly instalments.
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