2. That for which one labors; meed; reward; stipulated payment for service performed; hire; pay; compensation; at present generally used in the plural. See Wages. "My day's wage." . "At least I earned my wage." . "Pay them a wage in advance." . "The wages of virtue." . "By Tom Thumb, a fairy page, He sent it, and doth him engage, By promise of a mighty wage, It secretly to carry." (Drayton) "Our praises are our wages." (Shak) "Existing legislation on the subject of wages." (Encyc. Brit)
Origin: OF. Wage, gage, guarantee, engagement. See Wage.
(01 Mar 1998)
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