Definition of


  1. (noun, possession) something that remunerates
    he wasted his pay on drink
    they saved a quarter of all their earnings
  2. (verb, social) carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns)

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Synonyms of Wage

earnings, engage, pay, remuneration, salary

Origin of the word Wage

  1. c.1300, "a payment for services rendered," also in M.E. "a pledge of security" (1338), from O.N.Fr. wage (O.Fr. guage) "pledge," from Frank. *wadja- (cf. O.E. wedd, Gothic wadi "pledge"); see wed. Mod.Fr. cognate gages (pl.) means "wages of a domestic," one of a plethora of Fr. words for different classes, e.g. traitement (univer… more
  2. c.1320, "to pledge, deposit as a pledge," from O.N.Fr. wagier (O.Fr. gagier), from wage (see wage (n.)). Meaning "to carry on" (of war, etc.) is attested from 1456, probably from earlier sense of "to offer as a gage of battle" (c.1430). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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