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[pen-shuh-ner] /ˈpɛn ʃə nər/
a person who receives or lives on a pension.
a hireling.
a student at Cambridge University who pays for his or her commons and other expenses, and is not supported by any foundation.
Obsolete. a gentleman-at-arms.
Origin of pensioner
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Anglo-French; see pension, -er2
Related forms
pensionership, noun
nonpensioner, noun Unabridged
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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


a person who is receiving a pension, esp an old-age pension from the state
a person dependent on the pay or bounty of another
(obsolete, Brit) another name for gentleman-at-arms
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Word Origin and History for pensioner

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

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