Etymology
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perquisite (n.)

mid-15c., "property acquired other than by inheritance" (c. 1300 in Anglo-Latin), from Medieval Latin perquisitum "thing gained, profit," in classical Latin, "thing sought after," noun use of neuter past participle of perquirere "to seek, ask for," from per "thoroughly" (see per) + quærere "to seek" (see query (v.)). For Latin vowel change, see acquisition. The general meaning "any incidental profit, gain, or fee on top of regular wages" is by 1560s.

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Definitions of perquisite

perquisite (n.)
an incidental benefit awarded for certain types of employment (especially if it is regarded as a right);
Synonyms: fringe benefit / perk
perquisite (n.)
a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right);
Synonyms: prerogative / privilege / exclusive right
From wordnet.princeton.edu