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 One change was the Grand Bargain of Detroit's bankruptcy, in which the DIA raised $100 million toward the bargain — money that went to pensioners instead of to the museum's endowment. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "DIA millage passes in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb counties," 11 Mar. 2020 Even pensioners, who have plenty of free time and disposable income, are travelling less. The Economist, "The endangered tourist Fewer and fewer Japanese want to see the world," 27 Feb. 2020 His plan was to freeze privatization, impose universal health care, and grant aids to the poor and special benefits to pensioners. Itxu Díaz, National Review, "Stalin’s Fan Club Rises to Power in Spain," 30 Jan. 2020 Thus, there’s no concern about the plan ever really failing to fulfill financial obligations to pensioners. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Supreme Court chief John Roberts reminds USB that no bank is too big to fail," 14 Jan. 2020 Unless a solution is found soon, we may be confronted by TV pictures of crying babies and angry pensioners, complaining about their struggles to get home from their late summer break. Washington Post, "Flying Back From a Thomas Cook Holiday? Good Luck," 22 Sep. 2019 The firm criticized the bankruptcy mediators for allegedly sympathizing more with pensioners than financial creditors like itself. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit bankruptcy creditor demands more time for riverfront condos," 14 Nov. 2019 But in 2012, at a town meeting for pensioners on Israeli insurance benefits, a government staffer heard Jabarin interpreting his Hebrew for her seatmates. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "How Helene, a Jewish Holocaust survivor, became Leila, the matriarch of a Palestinian Muslim clan," 22 Jan. 2020 Berg, a silver-haired Norwegian pensioner known by his neighbors to have a soft spot for neighboring Russia, was 60 when an acquaintance in his Arctic hometown recruited him in 2015 to work for Norway’s military intelligence. Anton Troianovski,, "Norwegian spy jailed by Russia is free. He’s angry, too, but not at Moscow.," 28 Dec. 2019

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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 29 Mar. 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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