an additional sum paid to an employee, as a schoolteacher, whose work is superior and whose services are valued.
[mer-it] /ˈmɛr ɪt/ noun 1. claim to respect and praise; excellence; worth. 2. something that deserves or justifies a reward or commendation; a commendable quality, act, etc.: The book’s only merit is its sincerity. 3. merits, the inherent rights and wrongs of a matter, as a lawsuit, unobscured by procedural details, technicalities, personal feelings, etc.: […]
noun 1. a system or policy whereby people are promoted or rewarded on the basis of ability and achievement rather than because of seniority, quotas, patronage, or the like. noun 1. (US) the system of employing and promoting civil servants solely on the basis of ability rather than patronage Compare spoils system
[merk] /mɛrk/ noun, Chiefly Scot. 1. 2 (def 3).
/ˈmɜːkəl/ noun 1. Angela. born 1954, German politician; chair of the Christian Democratic Union from 2000; chancellor of Germany from 2005 (the first woman to hold the office)