follow Dictionary.com

How do you spell Hannukah?

pensioner

[pen-shuh-ner] /ˈpɛn ʃə nər/
noun
1.
a person who receives or lives on a pension.
2.
a hireling.
3.
a student at Cambridge University who pays for his or her commons and other expenses, and is not supported by any foundation.
4.
Obsolete. a gentleman-at-arms.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Anglo-French; see pension, -er2
Related forms
pensionership, noun
nonpensioner, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for pensioner
  • The only facility the soviet had was an outhouse, and the pensioner was its attendant.
  • The number of workers shouldering the tax burden is due to fall from two per pensioner to one.
  • In rich countries there are now roughly four workers for every pensioner.
  • At the same time, the fiscal burden on the diminishing number of worker-bees will rise as more people turn into pensioner drones.
  • People are living longer and there are ever fewer workers for each pensioner.
  • Each pensioner usually supports a large extended family.
  • Only the occasional pensioner cycles along the cobblestones.
  • Across the region the number of workers per pensioner is set to halve by mid-century.
British Dictionary definitions for pensioner

pensioner

/ˈpɛnʃənə/
noun
1.
a person who is receiving a pension, esp an old-age pension from the state
2.
a person dependent on the pay or bounty of another
3.
(obsolete, Brit) another name for gentleman-at-arms
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for pensioner
n.

late 15c., from Anglo-French pensionner, from Old French pensionnier (mid-14c.), from Medieval Latin pensionarius, from pension (see pension (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for pensioner

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for pensioner

11
14
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with pensioner