pen·​sion·​er | \ ˈpen(t)-sh(ə-)nər \

Definition of pensioner

1 : a person who receives or lives on a pension

2 obsolete

b : retainer

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On April 18, for example, pensioners in the town of Leon who were protesting the social security changes were roughed up by authorities, images that spread on the news and social media. Joshua Partlow, Washington Post, "‘The people lost their fear’: How Nicaragua’s new revolution took shape," 26 Apr. 2018 The prospect of lower benefits is particularly daunting for pensioners in their 60s. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "The Pension Hole for U.S. Cities and States Is the Size of Japan’s Economy," 30 July 2018 In one key shift, investors realized bonds backed by a municipality’s full faith and credit weren’t as ironclad as once thought, because pensioners received priority over some bondholders in the court battle over limited government funds. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Detroit Sees Big Demand in Muni Market Return," 4 Dec. 2018 In most bankruptcies, pensioners have been treated far better than bondholders. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Prophet of Muni Market Doom Wasn’t Wrong—Just Early," 26 Oct. 2018 Groups are capped to 20 and run the gamut from families to millennials, and even pensioners. Julia Buckley, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Walking Tours in London," 27 Feb. 2018 One thing’s for sure: If results diverge, comparing teacher vs. police returns should give pensioners, their advocates, and taxpayers plenty more to argue about. Joseph N. Distefano,, "Pension billions: Can N.J. cops pick better investments than Wall Street pros?," 13 July 2018 Previously, DeSUS had projected an ambiguous ideological position in a way that allowed it to focus instead on promoting the interests of all pensioners. Tim Haughton, Washington Post, "Slovenia voted on Sunday. Is an anti-immigrant government on the way?," 5 June 2018 President Emmanuel Macron’s popularity dropped in January as the government implemented tax changes that reduced disposable incomes of many pensioners, a BVA opinion poll showed. Mark Deen,, "Macron Popularity Falls as Pensioners Are Hit by Taxes," 31 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of pensioner

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of pensioner

chiefly British : a person who receives or lives on a pension especially : a person who receives a government pension

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