Etymology
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payroll (n.)

also pay-roll, 1740, "a list of persons to be paid, with indication of the sums to which they are entitled," from pay (v.) + roll (n.). The meaning "total amount paid to employees over a period" is by 1898.

updated on March 05, 2020

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Definitions of payroll from WordNet

payroll (n.)
a list of employees and their salaries;
the company had a long payroll
Synonyms: paysheet
payroll (n.)
the total amount of money paid in wages;
the company had a large payroll
Synonyms: paysheet
payroll (n.)
the department that determines the amounts of wage or salary due to each employee;
Synonyms: payroll department
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