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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Salary \Sal"a*ry\, n.; pl. Salaries. [F. salaire, L. salarium, originally, salt money, the money given to the Roman soldiers for salt, which was a part of their pay, fr. salarius belonging to salt, fr. sal salt. See Salt.] The recompense or consideration paid, or stipulated to be paid, to a person at regular intervals for services; fixed wages, as by the year, quarter, or month; stipend; hire. [1913 Webster] This is hire and salary, not revenge. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Note: Recompense for services paid at, or reckoned by, short intervals, as a day or week, is usually called wages. [1913 Webster] Syn: Stipend; pay; wages; hire; allowance. [1913 Webster]