\ \ [15] Just as a salary was originally a ‘payment for salt’, so emolument appears to have been a particular kind of payment – in this case for flour – which later became generalized in meaning. Latin ēmolere meant ‘grind out’ (it was a compound verb formed from the prefix ex- ‘out’ and moleregrind’, a relative of English mill and mealground grain’), and hence the derivative ēmolumentum was used originally for ‘fee paid to a miller for grinding grain’. The metaphorical sense ‘gain’ was already present in classical Latin.

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  • emolument — emol·u·ment /i mäl yə mənt/ n: a return arising from office or employment usu. in the form of compensation or perquisites the President shall, at stated times, receive for his services, a compensation...and he shall not receive within that period …   Law dictionary

  • emolument — EMOLUMÉNT, emolumente, s.n. (livr. (livresc)) Profit, avantaj. – Din lat. emolumentum, fr. émolument. Trimis de claudia, 12.06.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  emolumént s. n., pl. emoluménte Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2 …   Dicționar Român

  • émolument — ÉMOLUMENT. s. m. Profit, avantage. Tirer un grand émolument, de grands émolumens de quelque chose. Il n a reçu aucun émolument de cette affaire. [b]f♛/b] Il se prend aussi plus particulièrement pour Les profits et avantages casuels qui… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • emolument — EMOLUMENT. s. m. Profit, avantage. Tirer un grand emolument, de grands emoluments de quelque chose. il n a receu aucun emolument de cette affaire. Il se prend aussi plus particulierement pour les profits & avantages casuels qui proviennent d une… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • emolument — e‧mol‧u‧ment [ɪˈmɒljmənt ǁ ɪˈmɑːl ] noun [countable usually plural] formal money and any other form of payment that someone, especially a lawyer, doctor, accountant etc, gets for the work that they do. The money earned by company directors who… …   Financial and business terms

  • emolument — mid 15c., from M.Fr. émolument and directly from L. emolumentum profit, gain, perhaps originally payment to a miller for grinding corn, from emolere grind out, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + molere to grind (see MALLET (Cf. mallet) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Emolument — E*mol u*ment, n. [L. emolumentum, lit., a working out, fr. emoliri to move out, work out; e out + moliri to set in motion, exert one s self, fr. moles a huge, heavy mass: cf. F. [ e]molument. See {Mole} a mound.] The profit arising from office,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Emolüment — (v. lat.), Vortheil, Nutzen; daher Emolumente, Einkünfte, Nebenvortheile …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Emolŭment — (lat.), Vorteil, Nutzen; besonders Mehrzahl: Einkünfte, namentlich Nebeneinkünfte …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Emolumént — (lat.), Vorteil, Nutzen; in der Mehrzahl: Einkünfte, Nebeneinkünfte …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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