pen·​sion·​er ˈpen(t)-sh(ə-)nər How to pronounce pensioner (audio)
: a person who receives or lives on a pension

Examples of pensioner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, the average French pensioner is richer than the general population, accessing roughly 75 percent of their previous earnings with fewer expenses. Catherine Porter, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2023 One 80-year-old Moscow pensioner, who broke off friendships because of her support for the war, said the Wagner rebellion changed her mind, after Prigozhin’s comments Friday debunking Putin’s central premise for starting the war — that Russia faced an extraordinary security threat. Mary Ilyushina, Washington Post, 27 June 2023 If only Social Security were so kind to all pensioners who spend their sunset days walking around with a stick in their hands. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 6 July 2023 There were generators and hot water pumps for showers and washing machines, a mess hall where pensioners and men in military garb sat watching television as volunteers made coffee and prepared snacks. Kamila Hrabchuk, Washington Post, 22 June 2023 Plus, in turn, by working longer, would-be pensioners could be extending their vitality. Byorianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 18 July 2023 Those who’ve been pensioners for between 10 and 21 years would get 4% more; and those who’ve been retired for 22 years or more, 6%. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, 25 May 2023 The pensioner spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid repercussions. Mary Ilyushina, Washington Post, 27 June 2023 The focus of index funds is on the needs of mainstream investors and pensioners, not how to influence the decisions or choices of a specific company. Judy Samuelson, Quartz, 13 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pensioner was in the 15th century

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“Pensioner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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pen·​sion·​er ˈpench-(ə-)nər How to pronounce pensioner (audio)
: a person who receives or lives on a pension

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