Pension Definition

pĕnshən
pensions
noun
pensions
A sum of money paid regularly as a retirement benefit or by way of patronage.
American Heritage
A payment, not wages, made regularly to a person (or to his or her family) who has fulfilled certain conditions of service, reached a certain age, etc.
A soldier's pension, an old-age pension.
Webster's New World
A boarding house or small hotel in Europe.
American Heritage
A regular payment, not a fee, given to an artist, etc. by a patron; subsidy.
Webster's New World
In France and other continental countries.
Webster's New World
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verb
pensions
To grant a pension to.
Webster's New World
To retire or dismiss with a pension.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
idiom
pension off
  • to dismiss from service, with a pension
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Pension

Noun

Singular:
pension
Plural:
pensions

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Pension

  • pension off

Origin of Pension

  • Middle English pensioun payment from Old French pension from Latin pēnsiō pēnsiōn- from pēnsus past participle of pendere to weigh, pay (s)pen- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Recorded since 1362 from Old French pension (“payment", "rent"), from Latin pensio (“payment", "rent"), from pensus, the past participle of pendere (“to weigh", "to pay")

    From Wiktionary

  • French from Old French payment pension1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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