- Paying someone $1 to paint a giant house is an example of a pittance.
- One peanut taken from a large bag of peanuts is an example of a pittance.
The definition of a pittance is a tiny amount of something such as a small amount of money paid to someone or an inadequate sum paid for a job.
- a small or barely sufficient allowance of money
- any small amount or share
Origin of pittanceMiddle English pitaunce ; from Old French pitance, portion of food allowed a monk ; from Medieval Latin pietantia ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin pietas: see piety
- A meager monetary allowance, wage, or remuneration.
- A very small amount: not a pittance of remorse.
Origin of pittanceMiddle English pitance, from Old French, allowance of food to a monk or poor person, from Medieval Latin pietantia, from *pietans, *pietant-, present participle of *pietare, to show compassion, from Latin pietas, piety; see pity.
From Latin pietantia