Not many workers think of their paychecks as emoluments, but they certainly could. Emolument is another word for the money you receive for working.

Pronounce emolument with a long e sound in the first syllable and the accent on the second: "e MALL you ment." Emolument traces back to the Latin word emolumentum, meaning "profit, gain," which is believed to have referred to payments made to millers for grinding corn — emolere means "grind out." Today, perhaps coincidentally, people refer to work as "the grind."

Definitions of emolument

n compensation received by virtue of holding an office or having employment (usually in the form of wages or fees)

“a clause in the U.S. constitution prevents sitting legislators from receiving emoluments from their own votes”
Type of:
something (such as money) given or received as payment or reparation (as for a service or loss or injury)

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