- 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 pietāns *pietant- present participle of *pietāre to show compassion from Latin pietās piety ; see pity .
From Latin pietantia