(formal perquisite) [usually plural] something you receive as well as your wages for doing a particular job Perks offered by the firm include a car and free health insurance. (figurative) Not having to get up early is just one of the perks of being retired. Word Originnoun early 19th cent.: abbreviation of perquisite.Extra examples Bosses’ perks cost a staggering $4.million last year. He likes the travel and all the other little perks that go with the job. Perks offered by the company include a car and subsidized accommodation.