pauper

noun
pau·​per | \ ˈpȯ-pər How to pronounce pauper (audio) \

Definition of pauper

1 : a person destitute of means except such as are derived from charity specifically : one who receives aid from funds designated for the poor paupers on welfare
2 : a very poor person you'll end up a pauper on skid row— Robert Bixby

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Other Words from pauper

pauperism \ ˈpȯ-​pə-​ˌri-​zəm How to pronounce pauperism (audio) \ noun

Examples of pauper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Explore Magic's varying formats, which include standard, modern, vintage, legacy, pauper, commander, and many, many more. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 11 Aug. 2020 In theory, the pathogen infects princes and paupers alike, but working-class and immigrant communities like the one in Queens have been especially hard hit, exposing the deep inequities in American society and its health care system. New York Times, "Coronavirus Live Updates: Worldwide Toll of Confirmed Virus Deaths Nears 100,000," 10 Apr. 2020 Our whole idea is that God is coming among us, that God has taken up residence not as a prince, but as a pauper. Garrett M. Graff, Wired, "'Here in Spirit': An Oral History of Faith Amid the Pandemic," 10 Apr. 2020 Your Royal Highness rolling papers (£2 per pack): Puff, puff, pass, pauper! Emily Flake, The New Yorker, "Introducing Meghan and Harry’s Etsy Shop," 15 Jan. 2020 Later, these caves housed the bones of plague victims and paupers. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "Lesser-known bones: Rick Steves' guide to Europe’s most offbeat crypts and cemeteries," 13 Nov. 2019 According to the newspaper, the allowance made for burying paupers was less than $3 each. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "New documentary explores malpractice, overcrowding at Louisville's Eastern Cemetery," 3 Mar. 2020 Ridgewood Cemetery was designated as a pauper’s cemetery by the city of Tampa in the early 1940s. Washington Post, "Lost lives, fresh heartache as a black cemetery is found buried under a high school," 25 Nov. 2019 School officials believe the caskets are part of Ridgewood Cemetery, a historic paupers' burial ground from the early 1940s that was owned by the city, according to the Florida Genealogical Society. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "145 graves from a historic cemetery were discovered at a Tampa high school," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of pauper

1516, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pauper

Latin, poor — more at poor

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The first known use of pauper was in 1516

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15 Aug 2020

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“Pauper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pauper. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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pauper

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English Language Learners Definition of pauper

old-fashioned : a very poor person who has no money to pay for food, clothing, etc.

pauper

noun
pau·​per | \ ˈpȯ-pər How to pronounce pauper (audio) \

Kids Definition of pauper

: a very poor person

pauper

noun
pau·​per | \ ˈpȯ-pər How to pronounce pauper (audio) \

Legal Definition of pauper

: a person who is destitute and relying on charity specifically : a person who is relieved of the costs and expenses of a court proceeding because of poverty

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