Simple Definition of pittance
: 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 in a sentence
<the internship offers only a pittance for a salary, but it is a great opportunity to gain experience>
Did You Know?
It's a pity when you haven't anything but a pittance. And in fact, "pity" and "pittance" share etymological roots. The Middle English word pittance came from Anglo-French pitance, meaning "pity" or "piety." Originally, a "pittance" was a gift or bequest to a religious community, or a small charitable gift. Ultimately, the word comes from the Latin pietas, meaning "piety" or "compassion." Our words "pity" and "piety" come from "pietas" as well.
Origin and Etymology 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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