Pension meaning

pĕnshən
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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.

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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.

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Accommodations or the payment for accommodations, especially at a boarding house or small hotel in Europe.
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To grant a pension to.
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To retire or dismiss with a pension.
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Room and board.
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A regular payment, not a fee, given to an artist, etc. by a patron; subsidy.
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In France and other continental countries.
  • A boardinghouse.
  • Room and board.
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A gratuity paid regularly as benefit due to a person in consideration of past services; notably to one retired from service, on account of retirement age, disability or similar cause; especially, a regular stipend paid by a government to retired public officers, disabled soldiers; sometimes passed on to the heirs, or even specifically for them, as to the families of soldiers killed in service.

Pensioners depend on their pension to pay the bills.

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A stated regular allowance by way of patronage or subsidy, e.g. to meritorious artists, or the like.
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Accommodations or the payment for accommodations, especially at a boarding house or small hotel in Europe.
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A boarding house or small hotel, as in continental Europe, which offers lodging and certain meals and services.

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).

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(dated) A boarding school in France, Belgium, Switzerland, etc.
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(archaic) A wage in active service.
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To grant a pension.
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To force someone to retire on a pension.
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A sum of money paid regularly as a retirement benefit or by way of patronage.
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To grant a pension to.
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A boarding house or small hotel in Europe.
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pension off
  • to dismiss from service, with a pension
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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

  • French from Old French payment pension1

    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