• (RP) IPA: /ˈpɜːkwɪzɪt/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈpɜɹkwəzɪt/

perquisite (plural perquisites)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) Any monetary or other incidental benefit beyond salary.
    The perquisites of this job include health insurance and a performance bonus.
  2. A gratuity.
    After the wonderful service that evening he didn’t hesitate in laying a substantial perquisite on the table.
    • 1900, Joseph Conrad, Lord Him', ch 5:
      One voyage, I recollect, I tipped him a live sheep out of the remnant of my sea-stock: not that I wanted him to do anything for me—he couldn’t, you know—but because his childlike belief in the sacred right to perquisites quite touched my heart.
  3. A privilege or possession held or claimed exclusively by a certain person, group or class.
    Private jets and motor yachts are a perquisite of the rich.
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