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“emolument” in British English

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emolumentnoun [ C ]

uk /ɪˈmɒl.jə.mənt/ us /ɪˈmɑːl.jə.mənt/ UK formal

Examples from literature

  • And if my engineer friend places worldly emoluments upon a higher plane than professional efficiency, I dread for the safety of the bridges that he builds. 
  • Its emoluments could be increased by many honourable means not covered by the regular salary. 
  • Literature languished and died, since it brought neither honor nor emolument. 
  • The orders of the Company have forbidden their servants to take any extraneous emoluments. 
  • Through their friendly offices, his two sons, who had been sent out by a generous friend, were placed in situations of respectability and emolument. 

(Definition of “emolument” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“emolument” in Business English

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emolumentnoun [ C, usually plural ]

uk /ɪˈmɒljʊmənt/ us /-ˈmɑːl-/ UK formal ACCOUNTING

a payment in money or some other form for work that has been done:

The emoluments of the highest-paid director totalled £382,000, including pension contributions.

(Definition of “emolument” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)