Definition of perquisite:
- Something gained from a place or employment over and above the ordinary salary or fixed wages for services rendered; especially, a fee allowed by law to an officer for a specific service.
- Things gotten by a man's own industry, or purchased with his own money, as opposed to things which come to him by descent.
In the season there were plover's eggs; or, at the worst, there was a dainty omelette; and a distant baker, famed for his light rolls and high charges, sent in the bread- the common domestic college loaf being of course out of the question for anyone with the slightest pretension to taste, and fit only for the perquisite of scouts.- "Tom Brown at Oxford", Thomas Hughes.
- "The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India Volume II", R. V. Russell.
The authority of appointment and removal is not a perquisite, which may be used to aid a friend or reward a partisan, but is a trust, to be exercised in the public interest under all the sanctions which attend the obligation to apply the public funds only for public purposes.- "Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present", Various.