(noun, verb)


1. a list of employees and their salaries

- the company had a long payroll

Definition categories: possession, register

2. the total amount of money paid in wages

- the company had a large payroll

Definition categories: possession, amount, sum

3. the department that determines the amounts of wage or salary due to each employee

Definition categories: group, department, section

Sentences with payroll as a noun:

- 1957: I know that the deal started with the boys in Santiago, because they've been on the d'Anconia pay roll for centuries — well, no, 'pay roll' is an honorable word, it would be more exact to say that d'Anconia Copper has been paying them protection money for centuries — isn't that what your gangsters call it? - Francisco dAnconia, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand.1972: We can spread a rumor this cop was dirty. Look, Tom, we have newspaper people on the payroll, don't we? -


1. (transitive) To place on a payroll.