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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: fé, fief, from Medieval Latin feudum; FEUDAL

fee

noun
     
fee S2 W2 [countable]
an amount of money that you pay to do something or that you pay to a professional person for their work:
school fees
The health club charges an annual membership fee.
Cable TV subscribers pay monthly fees.
entrance/entry fee (=fee to enter a place)
Park entrance fees have gone up to $15.
The run, to raise money for breast cancer, has a £10 entry fee (=fee to enter a competition).
legal/medical fee
The insurance company paid all my medical fees.
My solicitor charges a flat fee (=an amount that does not change) for handling the sale of a house.
see usage note cost1see usage note pay2WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

cost, costs, price, charge, fee, fare
Use cost to talk about paying for services and activities, rather than objects The total cost of the trip was under $500. I worked out the cost of the repairs.Your costs are the amount of money you have to spend in order to run a business or to do a particular activity The shop was not making enough money to cover its costs.Use price to mean the amount of money that you must pay for something in a place such as a shop or restaurant We are cutting all our prices (NOT costs) by 50% for one day only! We were shocked by the price of a cup of coffee in London.A charge is the amount you have to pay to have a particular service or use something For a small charge we will also make your hotel reservations. A fee is the amount you have to pay to enter or join something The gallery charges no entrance fee. The fee for membership is £25 per year. It is also the amount you have to pay for a professional service The lawyer explained her fees.A fare is the amount you have to pay to travel somewhere by bus, train, plane etc I need some money for my bus fare. His parents paid his fare to Sydney.See also cost
WORD CHOICE WORD CHOICE

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

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