Definition of perquisite noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɜːkwɪzɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrkwɪzɪt//
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  1. 1[usually plural] = perk
  2. 2perquisite (of somebody) something to which somebody has a special right because of their social position Politics used to be the perquisite of the property-owning classes.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from medieval Latin perquisitum ‘acquisition’, from Latin perquirere ‘search diligently for’, from per- ‘thoroughly’ + quaerere ‘seek’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: perquisite

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