Topic: WAGES

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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old North French
Origin: 'guarantee, wage'


1 noun
wage1 W3
1 [singular] also wages [plural]BEW money you earn that is paid according to the number of hours, days, or weeks that you work [↪ salary]:
He earns a good wage.
wage increase also wage rise British English
The wage increases will come into effect in June.
daily/weekly etc wage
a weekly wage of $250
wage levels/rates (=fixed amounts of money paid for particular jobs)
see usage note pay2

a living wage

BEW money you earn for work that is enough to pay for the basic things that you need to live:
The church no longer paid a living wage.

wage freeze

BEW an action taken by a company, government etc to stop wages increasing

wage claim

BEWBEL the amount of money asked for by workers as an increase in wages

pay, salary, wages, wage, income, fee
Pay is the money that you earn by working The pay is much better in the private sector. people on low pay pay negotiationsSomeone's salary is the money they are paid every month by their employer, especially someone in a profession, such as a teacher or a lawyer Some managers earn annual salaries of over £80,000. Use wages to refer to the money that someone is paid every week by their employer, especially someone who works in a factory or a shop Some companies pay higher wages than others. !! Do not use wages before a noun. Use wage wage earnersSomeone's income is all the money that they receive regularly, for work or for any other reason families on low incomes Rent from the old farm was their only source of income.Use fee to refer to the money paid to a lawyer, doctor, or similar qualified worker for a piece of work they have done Your accountant's fees are too high. legal feesSee also pay