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an extra profit; privilege, or allowance in addition to a main income: perquisite payment in stock options; a customary privilege, such as a gratuity or tip
Not to be confused with:
prerequisite – something required as a precondition: Passing the exam is a prerequisite for college admission.
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.]
nOften (informal) shortened to: perk
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
[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)
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]
a payment in addition to fee or salary, usually customary to the particular occupation; a fringe benefit. Also perk.See also: Dues and Payment
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|Noun||1.||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"
|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