salary etymology

English word salary comes from Latin salem, and later Latin salarius (A dealer in salted fish. Of or pertaining to salt.)

Detailed word origin of salary

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
salem Latin (lat)
salarius Latin (lat) A dealer in salted fish. Of or pertaining to salt.
salarium Latin (lat) A meal. A salary, stipend, allowance, pension; originally money given to soldiers with which to buy salt.
salaire Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Salary (fixed amount of money paid to a worker per month, per year, etc.).
salarie Anglo-Norman (xno)
salarie Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
salary English (eng) (obsolete) saline A fixed amount of money paid to a worker, usually calculated on a monthly or annual basis, not hourly, as wages. Implies a degree of professionalism and/or autonomy. To pay on the basis of a period of a week or longer, especially to convert from another form of compensation.