Emolument Clause Law and Legal Definition

Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the U.S Constitution is popularly known as the emolument clause. It prohibits titles of nobility and the acceptance of a gift, title, or other benefit from a foreign power. The clause reads as follows: “No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.”