pen·​sion·​er | \ˈpen(t)-sh(ə-)nər \

Definition of pensioner 

1 : a person who receives or lives on a pension

2 obsolete

a : gentleman-at-arms

b : retainer

c : mercenary, hireling

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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 Haider would show up to any shop opening to give a speech, sing homecoming songs with the men’s choir and hand out 100 Euro bills to mothers and pensioners. Josephine Huetlin, The New Republic, "Why Do Populists Frequently Get Away With Corruption?," 25 June 2018 Despite the obstacles, Mr. Falcón is counting on people like José Rodríguez, a 63-year-old pensioner whose monthly check does not cover the cost of food. New York Times, "Critics Say He Can’t Beat a Dictator. This Venezuelan Thinks He Can.," 17 May 2018 Rajoy’s budget plan includes increased payments for millions of pensioners and widows and reduced taxes for workers on lower incomes. Maria Tadeo,, "Rajoy Presents Spanish Budget in Shadow of Catalan Confrontation," 3 Apr. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of pensioner

: a person who receives or lives on a pension; especially : a person who receives a government pension

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