Definition of pittance
: a small portion, amount, or allowance; also : a meager wage or remuneration
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Examples of pittance in a Sentence
the internship offers only a pittance for a salary, but it is a great opportunity to gain experience
Recent Examples of pittance from the Web
More: WWII airmen, segregated by race, finally meet decades later Nearly every day Gary Marquardt plays at the graves of veterans — always leaving behind a penny on their stones as his symbol of the pittance of his service compared to theirs.
While the company was going bankrupt in 1982, Veliscol and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed an agreement that provided $20 million for cleanup, a pittance of the eventual cost.
While that’s a pittance compared to the billions served daily by Google, but many of DuckDuckGo’s users are alpha geeks, much as Google was adopted by the tech set back in the late 1990s.
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Did You Know?
It's a pity when you haven't anything but a pittance. And in fact, "pity" and "pittance" share etymological roots. The Middle English word pittance came from Anglo-French pitance, meaning "pity" or "piety." Originally, a "pittance" was a gift or bequest to a religious community, or a small charitable gift. Ultimately, the word comes from the Latin pietas, meaning "piety" or "compassion." Our words "pity" and "piety" come from "pietas" as well.
Origin and Etymology of pittance
Middle English pitance, from Anglo-French, piety, pity, dole, portion, from Medieval Latin pietantia, from pietant-, pietans, present participle of pietari to be charitable, from Latin pietas piety — more at pity
First Known Use: 14th century
PITTANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pittance for English Language Learners
: a very small amount of money
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