pen·​sion·​er | \ ˈpen(t)-sh(ə-)nər How to pronounce pensioner (audio) \

Definition of pensioner

1 : a person who receives or lives on a pension

2 obsolete

b : retainer

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These are parties of young and middle-aged workers, not cheery pensioners. The Economist, "Why are happy people voting for angry parties?," 11 July 2019 Today, there is one Russian pensioner for every 2.3 persons of working age, according to the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, "Putin Dials Back Pension Plan After Backlash," 29 Aug. 2018 At the San Diego County Employees’ Retirement Association, 811 pensioners took in $100,000-plus last year, Transparent California reported. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Number of San Diego city and county pensioners collecting $100k-plus continues to climb," 22 Mar. 2018 While Europe’s shrinking working-age population will have to fund health care for a growing population of pensioners, the United States’ demographic change is projected to proceed more slowly. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "The European health-care models eyed by Democrats are at risk of faltering," 1 Aug. 2019 Now after three years of warnings, citations and complaints, the Garfield Heights pensioner is facing jail time. Robyn Merrett,, "Ohio Woman, 79, Sentenced to Jail for Feeding Stray Cats: 'I'm a Cat Lover'," 31 July 2019 Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn laid into her — saying that, under her tenure, child poverty was up, pensioner poverty was up, school class size was up, food bank use was up. Karla Adam,, "Boris Johnson becomes British prime minister," 24 July 2019 The Golden State also maintains a more generous system of benefits for pensioners. The Economist, "Public educationPublic education in both California and Texas is poor," 20 June 2019 In Dobrusa, most of those who remained were pensioners. New York Times, "And Then There Was One: Three People Lived in This Village Until Two Were Murdered.," 15 July 2019

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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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