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

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Recent Examples on the Web Michael Dietrich Düllmann, a 76-year-old pensioner, is hoping to fix that. Jasper Bastian, Smithsonian Magazine, "Hatred in Plain Sight," 21 Sep. 2020 Nina Baginskaya, a 73-year-old pensioner known for her boldness at protests, ripped the mask off a police officer in Minsk last Saturday. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, "As Belarus’s Lukashenko cracks down harder, protesters regroup and fight on," 19 Sep. 2020 What the city needs is rigorous enforcement to keep the rowdy elements in check, says 81-year-old pensioner Jan Dorreboom, who has lived in the red-light district for 45 years. Ruben Munsterman, Fortune, "With coronavirus in retreat, Amsterdam locals believe they can now reclaim a city center lost to overtourism," 9 June 2020 So anguished families turned to the next best thing — an Englishman living on D-day territory, a pensioner with a big heart and a small hole in his agenda. Fox News, "One man lays wreaths in Normandy on unusual D-Day hit by coronavirus," 6 June 2020 Triplett's status as a Civil War pensioner began gaining attention in 2011, when the Wilkes Genealogical Society in Wilkes County, N.C., displayed her photograph on its quarterly publication and featured her in a story. Ian Shapira, Anchorage Daily News, "The last American to collect a Civil War pension - $73.13 a month - has just died," 5 June 2020 The most likely way forward — the only plausible way forward short of gutting the Constitution — is for states to engage in a long, painful, disruptive negotiation with their creditors, their pensioners, and other interested parties. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "States Should Not Receive Bankruptcy Protection," 23 Apr. 2020 Now a pensioner at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, a home for Army veterans, Mr. Sullivan has taken a philosophical view to lockdown and the downsizing of the anniversary celebrations. Danica Kirka, The Christian Science Monitor, "Wisdom from WWII vets as COVID-19 puts V-E Day on hold," 8 May 2020 The practice involves inflating a future pensioner’s pay, usually at the end of their career, by cashing in years of accumulated vacation or sick pay or volunteering for extra duties. Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, "California Supreme Court hears suit on public pension law aimed at saving billions," 5 May 2020

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First Known Use of pensioner

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pensioner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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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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