[ ih-MOL-yə-mənt ]
Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, 15th century
A salary, fee, or profit from employment or office.
Examples of Emolument in a sentence
" A lease on a luxury car is among the college dean’s emoluments. "
" When the hiring team explained the emolument I would receive, I agreed it was perfectly fair for the position. "
Popularity Over Time
“Emolument” is based on the Latin “ēmolumentum,” meaning “payment to a miller for grinding corn.”
Did you Know?
“Emolument” is a formal term for “payment” with a very specific root: In Latin, it referred to the amount one paid a miller to grind one’s corn. In modern terms, every paying job can be described as having an emolument, but originally the term came from either the Latin word “ēmōlior,” meaning “to remove with effort,” or “ēmŏlĕre,” meaning “to grind out.” Both words stress the labor of the activity for which the worker receives their emolument.