noun pit·tance \ˈpi-tən(t)s\

: a very small amount of money

Full Definition of PITTANCE

:  a small portion, amount, or allowance; also :  a meager wage or remuneration

Examples of PITTANCE

  1. <the internship offers only a pittance for a salary, but it is a great opportunity to gain experience>

Origin of PITTANCE

Middle English pitance, from Anglo-French, piety, pity, dole, portion, from Medieval Latin pietantia, from pietant-, pietans, present participle of pietari to be charitable, from Latin pietas piety — more at pity
First Known Use: 14th century


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