Per-diem



[per dee-uh m, dahy-uh m] /pər ˈdi əm, ˈdaɪ əm/

adverb
1.
by the day; for each day.
adjective
2.
paid by the day.
noun
3.
a daily allowance, usually for living expenses while traveling in connection with one’s work or being employed at a distance from one’s home:
a per diem for lawmakers while the legislature is in session.
/ˈpɜː ˈdaɪɛm; ˈdiːɛm/
adverb
1.
every day or by the day
noun
2.

Latin, literally “by the day,” from per (see per) + diem, accusative singular of dies “day” (see diurnal). As a noun from 1809.
per diem [(puhr dee-uhm, deye-uhm)]

A Latin phrase meaning “by the day.” Traveling sales reps or government workers often are paid a per diem, meaning an allowance out of which to cover daily expenses while traveling.

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