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pension

noun pen·sion \ ˈpen(t)-shən \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of pension

1 play \ˈpen(t)-shən\ : a fixed sum paid regularly to a person:
a archaic : wage
b : a gratuity granted (as by a government) as a favor or reward
c : one paid under given conditions to a person following retirement from service or to surviving dependents
2 play \päⁿ-ˈsyōⁿ\
[French, from Middle French]
a : accommodations especially at a continental European hotel or boardinghouse : room and board
b or less commonly pensione play \pen(t)-ˈsyō-(ˌ)nā\
[pensione, from Italian]
: a hotel or boardinghouse especially in continental Europe

pensionless

play \ˈpen(t)-shən-ləs\ adjective

Examples of pension in a Sentence

  1. Her pension arrives in the mail every month.

  2. retired people living on their pensions

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Origin and Etymology of pension

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin pension-, pensio, from pendere to pay — more at pendant


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pension

verb

Definition of pension

pensioned; pensioning play \ˈpen(t)-sh(ə-)niŋ\
transitive verb
1 : to grant or pay a pension to
2 : to dismiss or retire from service with a pension
  • pensioned off his faithful old servant

First Known Use of pension

1598



PENSION Defined for English Language Learners

pension

noun

Definition of pension for English Language Learners

  • : an amount of money that a company or the government pays to a person who is old or sick and no longer works


PENSION Defined for Kids

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pension

noun pen·sion \ ˈpen-shən \

Definition of pension for Students

: a sum paid regularly to a person who has retired from work

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pension

verb

Definition of pension for Students

pensioned; pensioning
: to grant or give a regularly paid sum to (a person who has retired from work)

Law Dictionary

pension

noun pen·sion

legal Definition of pension

: money paid under given conditions to a person following retirement or to surviving dependents — see also defined benefit plan, defined contribution plan


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