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per·qui·site

 (pûr′kwĭ-zĭt)
n.
1. A payment, profit, or benefit received in addition to a regular wage or salary, especially when due or expected.
2. Something regarded or claimed as an exclusive right by virtue of one's social position or rank: "The family had the perquisites of the upper-middle class, employing a maid, a chauffeur-gardener, and an Irish Catholic nanny" (Ira Bruce Nadel). See Synonyms at right.
3. A gratuity; a tip.

[From Middle English perquisites, property acquired otherwise than by inheritance, from Medieval Latin perquīsītum, acquisition, from Latin, neuter past participle of perquīrere, to search diligently for : per-, per- + quaerere, to seek.]

perquisite

(ˈpɜːkwɪzɪt)
n
1. (Commerce) an incidental benefit gained from a certain type of employment, such as the use of a company car
2. a customary benefit received in addition to a regular income
3. a customary tip
4. something expected or regarded as an exclusive right
Often (informal) shortened to: perk
[C15: from Medieval Latin perquīsītum an acquired possession, from Latin perquīrere to seek earnestly for something, from per- (thoroughly) + quaerere to ask for, seek]

per•qui•site

(ˈpɜr kwə zɪt)

n.
1. an incidental payment, benefit, or privilege over and above regular income or salary.
2. a gratuity; tip.
3. something demanded or due as a particular privilege: homage that was once the perquisite of royalty.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin perquīsītum something acquired, n. use of neuter of Latin perquīsītus, past participle of perquīrere to search everywhere for, inquire diligently]

perquisite

a payment in addition to fee or salary, usually customary to the particular occupation; a fringe benefit. Also perk.
See also: Dues and Payment
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.perquisite - an incidental benefit awarded for certain types of employment (especially if it is regarded as a right); "a limousine is one of the fringe benefits of the job"
benefit - financial assistance in time of need
apanage, appanage - any customary and rightful perquisite appropriate to your station in life; "for thousands of years the chair was an appanage of state and dignity rather than an article of ordinary use"
backsheesh, baksheesh, bakshis, bakshish, gratuity, pourboire, tip - a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter)
2.perquisite - a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right); "suffrage was the prerogative of white adult males"
right - an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature; "they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights"; "Certain rights can never be granted to the government but must be kept in the hands of the people"- Eleanor Roosevelt; "a right is not something that somebody gives you; it is something that nobody can take away"
easement - (law) the privilege of using something that is not your own (as using another's land as a right of way to your own land)
privilege of the floor - the right to be admitted onto the floor of a legislative assembly while it is in session

perquisite

noun (Formal) bonus, benefit, extra, plus, dividend, perk (Brit. informal), icing on the cake, fringe benefit, boot money (informal) Free long-distance calls were a perquisite of the job.

perquisite

noun
1. A material favor or gift, usually money, given in return for service:
2. A privilege granted a person, as by virtue of birth:
Law: droit.
Translations
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perquisite

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perquisite

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References in classic literature ?
Removal of the casket from its box was less easy, but it was taken out, for it was a perquisite of Jess, who carefully unscrewed the cover and laid it aside, exposing the body in black trousers and white shirt.
We had promised her a liberal perquisite in the event of our success, but she must not give other cyclists our idea by mentioning it to a soul.
It is true she was pretty well besides, that is to say, she had about #1400 in money, which she gave him; and the other, after some time, she brought to light as a perquisite to herself, which he was to accept as a mighty favour, seeing though it was not to be his, it might ease him in the article of her particular expenses; and I must add, that by this conduct the gentleman himself became not only the more humble in his applications to her to obtain her, but also was much the more an obliging husband to her when he had her.
For even the high lifted and chivalric Crusaders of old times were not content to traverse two thousand miles of land to fight for their holy sepulchre, without committing burglaries, picking pockets, and gaining other pious perquisites by the way.
In a village, particularly, two people who robbed the community of its perquisites in this respect would be looked upon as "enemies of the people," and their joint life would begin under a social ban which it would cost much subsequent hospitality to remove.
An avaricious man, who might happen to fill the office, looking forward to a time when he must at all events yield up the emoluments he enjoyed, would feel a propensity, not easy to be resisted by such a man, to make the best use of the opportunity he enjoyed while it lasted, and might not scruple to have recourse to the most corrupt expedients to make the harvest as abundant as it was transitory; though the same man, probably, with a different prospect before him, might content himself with the regular perquisites of his situation, and might even be unwilling to risk the consequences of an abuse of his opportunities.
Having been at home a week or two partaking of the family beans, he had used his leisure in ascertaining a fact which was of considerable importance to him, namely, that his mother had a small sum in guineas painfully saved from her maiden perquisites, and kept in the corner of a drawer where her baby-linen had reposed for the last twenty years--ever since her son David had taken to his feet, with a slight promise of bow-legs which had not been altogether unfulfilled.
The bulk of Adolf's perquisites consisted of the tips he received for going to the general store down the road for tobacco, stamps, and so on.
It was enough to drive Rabourdin out of the service; but how could he give up his salary of eight thousand francs and perquisites, when they constituted three fourths of his income and his household was accustomed to spend them?
The apple lay untouched on her desk until the next morning, when little Timothy Andrews, who swept the school and kindled the fire, annexed it as one of his perquisites.
A cook who is a perfect mistress of her art, who asks for no perquisites, who allows no waste, who never quarrels with the other servants, who drinks nothing stronger than tea, who is to be trusted with untold gold--is not a cook easily replaced.
Already Tubuto, young, agile and evil-minded, with face hideously painted, was practicing the black art upon a sick infant in the fond hope of succeeding to the office and perquisites of Rabba Kega.