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.