Adjective "salary" definition and examples

(Salary may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A fixed regular payment, typically paid on a monthly basis but often expressed as an annual sum, made by an employer to an employee, especially a professional or white-collar worker.
  1. as modifier 'a 15 per cent salary increase'
  2. 'Another major concern of the Social Ministry will be the increase of salaries and pensions.'
  3. 'Some employees saw increases in their salaries while others had theirs reduced.'
  4. 'The salaries of the remaining employees will be cut with the size of the cut depending on the pay grade.'
  5. 'The private sector average wage would be used to set salaries for all public sector employees.'
  6. 'There has already been agreement not to increase salaries for public service employees.'
  7. 'He sold his car but on his monthly salary of £80 there was no way he could pay off his debts.'
  8. 'Under the law, we can't cut employee salaries as long as we are making a profit.'
  9. 'The salary discrimination permits the superiors to fix the salaries of their employees on an arbitrary basis.'
  10. 'For many teachers of state schools, monthly salaries do not cover their daily needs.'
  11. 'The strikers are demanding the payment of salaries owed to them over the past two months.'


Pay a salary to.
  1. 'The Scottish sculptor Michael Noble (who subsequently married the countess) and the psychiatrist Mario Marini were salaried by her as well.'

More definitions

1. a fixed compensation periodically paid to a person for regular work or services.

More examples(as adjective)

"structures can be salary."

"delays can be salary."

"compensations can be salary."

"benefits can be salary."


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French salarie, from Latin salarium, originally denoting a Roman soldier's allowance to buy salt, from sal ‘salt’.