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Definition of per diem noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

per diem

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noun
BrE BrE//ˌpɜː ˈdiːem//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpɜːr ˈdiːem//
 
(from Latin, especially North American English)
 
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[uncountable, countable] money paid, for example to employees, for things they need to buy every day He will get $14 000 a year in per diem to help with the higher costs of living in Washington. Word Origin early 16th cent.: Latin.

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