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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Premium \Pre"mi*um\, n.; pl. Premiums. [L. praemium,
     originally, what one has got before or better than others;
     prae before + emere to take, buy. See Redeem.]
     1. A reward or recompense; a prize to be won by being before
        another, or others, in a competition; reward or prize to
        be adjudged; a bounty; as, a premium for good behavior or
        scholarship, for discoveries, etc.
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              To think it not the necessity, but the premium and
              privilege of life, to eat and sleep without any
              regard to glory.                      --Burke.
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              The law that obliges parishes to support the poor
              offers a premium for the encouragement of idleness.
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     2. Something offered or given for the loan of money; bonus;
        -- sometimes synonymous with interest, but generally
        signifying a sum in addition to the capital.
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              People were tempted to lend, by great premiums and
              large interest.                       --Swift.
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     3. A sum of money paid to underwriters for insurance, or for
        undertaking to indemnify for losses of any kind.
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     4. A sum in advance of, or in addition to, the nominal or par
        value of anything; as, gold was at a premium; he sold his
        stock at a premium.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: having or reflecting superior quality or value; "premium
             gasoline at a premium price"
      n 1: payment for insurance [syn: premium, insurance premium]
      2: the amount that something in scarce supply is valued above
         its nominal value; "they paid a premium for access to water"
      3: a fee charged for exchanging currencies [syn: agio,
         agiotage, premium, exchange premium]
      4: a prize, bonus, or award given as an inducement to purchase
         products, enter competitions initiated by business interests,
         etc.; "they encouraged customers with a premium for loyal
      5: payment or reward (especially from a government) for acts
         such as catching criminals or killing predatory animals or
         enlisting in the military [syn: bounty, premium]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  146 Moby Thesaurus words for "premium":
     Trinkgeld, abatement, agio, allowance, appreciation, at a premium,
     award, bait, bank discount, bank rate, bonus, bonus system, bounty,
     breakage, bribe, carrot, cash discount, chain discount, charge-off,
     come-on, compensatory interest, compound interest, concession,
     consideration, costly, cut, dear, dear-bought, decoration,
     deduction, depreciation, discount, discount rate, dividend,
     donative, double time, drawback, exceptional, exorbitant interest,
     expensive, extra, extra added attraction, extra dash, fancy, fee,
     filigree, filling, fillip, flourish, freebie, frill,
     fringe benefit, goad, gratuity, gravy, grease, gross interest,
     guerdon, high, high-priced, honorarium, importance,
     in short supply, incentive, incentive pay, incitement, inducement,
     interest, interest rate, kickback, lagniappe, largess, liberality,
     lucrative interest, lure, luxurious, meed, mortgage points,
     net interest, not affordable, of great cost, ornament,
     overtime pay, padding, palm oil, penal interest, penalty,
     penalty clause, percentage, perks, perquisite, perquisites, plum,
     pourboire, price, price of money, price reduction, price-cut,
     pricey, prize, rare, rate, rate of interest, rebate, rebatement,
     reduction, refund, regard, reward, rich, rollback, salvage, salve,
     scant, scanty, scarce, setoff, simple interest, solatium,
     something extra, sparse, sportula, spur, steep, stiff, stimulus,
     stock, store, stuffing, sumptuous, superaddition, sweetener, tare,
     time discount, tip, top, trade discount, tret, trimming, twist,
     underselling, unpayable, usury, value, wrinkle, write-off

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PREMIUM, contracts. The consideration paid by the insured to the insurer for 
  making an insurance. It is so called because it is paid primo, or before the 
  contract shall take effect. Poth. h.t. n. 81; Marah. Inst. 234. 
       2. In practice, however, the premium is not always paid when the policy 
  is underwritten; for insurances are frequently effected by brokers, and open 
  accounts are kept between them and the underwriters, in which they make 
  themselves debtors for all premiums;, and sometimes notes or bills are given 
  for the amount of the premium. 
       3. The French writers, when they speak of the consideration given for 
  maritime loans, employ a variety of words in order to distinguish it 
  according to the nature of the case. Thus, they call it interest when it is 
  stipulated to be paid by the month or at other stated periods. It is a 
  premium, when a gross sum is to be paid at the end of a voyage, and here the 
  risk is the principal object which they have in view. When the sum is a 
  percentage on the money lent, they denominate it exchange, considering it in 
  the light of money lent in one place to be returned in another, with a 
  difference in amount between the sum borrowed and that which is paid, 
  arising from the difference of time and place. When they intend to combine 
  these various shades into one general denomination, they make use of the 
  term maritime profit, to convey their meaning. Hall on Mar. Loans, 56, n. 
  Vide Park, Ills. h.t. Poth. h.t.; 3 Kent, Com. 285; 15 East, R. 309, Day's 
  note, and the cases there cited. 

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