Perquisite

Perquisite

ˈpərkwəzət

Noun

  • Another term for perk.
  • A thing regarded as a special right or privilege enjoyed as a result of one’s position.

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Example Sentences

“Unlimited vacation time is a perquisite that more employers are offering to attract new talent.”

“My favorite perquisite is the professional-level coffee bar at the office.”

“What you consider to be a nice perquisite may be a requirement for others.”

Word Origin

Latin, late 16th century

Why this word?

The word “perk” is actually an abbreviation of “perquisite,” meaning “a privilege enjoyed as a result of one’s position.” The Latin word “perquirere” (“search diligently for”) is the root of this word, and it makes sense, as you might hunt for specific perks in a new job. Impress the hiring manager at your next interview by asking about the benefits and perquisites of the position.

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