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
2 : a very poor person
pauperismplay \-pə-ˌri-zəm\ noun
PAUPER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pauper for English Language Learners
: a very poor person who has no money to pay for food, clothing, etc.
PAUPER Defined for Kids
Definition of pauper for Students
: a very poor person
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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