- The definition of a pension is a regular payment made by an employer or the government, typically to provide retirees with income.
Monthly payments your employer makes to you after you retire are an example of your pension.
pension definition by Webster's New World
- a payment, not wages, made regularly to a person (or to his family) who has fulfilled certain conditions of service, reached a certain age, etc.: a soldier's pension, an old-age pension
- a regular payment, not a fee, given to an artist, etc. by a patron; subsidy
- in France and other continental countries
- a boardinghouse
- room and board
Origin: Middle English pensioun ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin pensio, a paying ; from past participle of pendere, to weigh, pay, hang: see pendant
- pensionable adjective
pension definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- To grant a pension to.
- To retire or dismiss with a pension: “Some French farmers suggest that the Government pension off the older and less efficient farmers” (E.J. Dionne, Jr.)
Origin: Middle English pensioun, payment, from Old French pension, from Latin pēnsiō, pēnsiōn-, from pēnsus, past participle of pendere, to weigh, pay; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.
- penˈsion·a·ble adjective
- A boarding house or small hotel in Europe: “A pension had somewhat less to offer than a hotel; it was always smaller, and never elegant; it sometimes offered breakfast, and sometimes not” (John Irving).
- Accommodations or the payment for accommodations, especially at a boarding house or small hotel in Europe.
- Room and board.
Origin: French, from Old French, payment; see pension1.
pension - Cultural Definition
Payments made to a retired person either by the government or by a former employer.
pension - Phrases/Idioms