I. noun Etymology: Latin praemium booty, profit, reward, from prae- + emere to take, buy — more at redeem Date: 1601 1. a. a reward or recompense for a particular act b. a sum over and above a regular price paid chiefly as an inducement or incentive c. a sum in advance of or in addition to the nominal value of something <
bonds callable at a premium of six percent
d. something given free or at a reduced price with the purchase of a product or service 2. the consideration paid for a contract of insurance 3. a high value or a value in excess of that normally or usually expected <
put a premium on accuracy
II. adjective Date: 1844 of exceptional quality or amount; also higher-priced

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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