Emolument refers to the salary, fees, or other compensation received as a result of employment or holding an office or position.


US English

UK English

Part of Speech



compensation, earnings, pay, salary, wages, remuneration, stipend, income, profit, reward, gain, proceeds.


Debt, liability, loss, penalty, forfeit.

Word Forms

Part of Speech Words
Noun emoluments, emolument
Verb None
Adjective None
Adverb None

Example Sentences

  • His emolument as CEO of the company allowed him to lead a comfortable lifestyle.

  • Teachers in the district are demanding an increase in emolument to combat the rising cost of living.

  • The emolument received by the athlete for winning the championship was enough to cover his expenses for a few years.

  • The high emoluments for government officials are often a bone of contention among taxpayers.


Emolument is a noun that describes the compensation, salary, or fees received as a result of holding a position, job or employment. It is a formal term commonly used in legal, business or administrative contexts. The word is derived from the Latin word ’emolumentum’ which meant a benefit, advantage, or profit.

Emolument can be used to describe any financial benefit received from a job or position, such as a salary or wages, bonuses, commissions, or perks such as health insurance, retirement benefits, and company cars. It is often associated with high-paying jobs or executive positions, but can also refer to the income earned from occupations such as teachers, nurses, or other public service positions.

Emolument is typically used in a positive context, describing the benefits and rewards of work, but it can also be used in a negative context to describe corrupt practices or undue influence. For example, in some countries, emoluments may be tied to government contracts or political favors, leading to accusations of bribery or exploitation.

Prefixes, suffixes, roots, and other variations of the word ’emolument’ are not commonly used in English. However, the word ’emolumental’ has been used in legal contexts to describe the importance or significance of a particular emolument in a contract or agreement. The word ’emolumentary’ has also been used to describe a documentary or written record of emoluments, such as a list of salaries or benefits.