- a person without any means of support, especially a destitute person who depends on aid from public welfare funds or charity.
- a very poor person.
Origin of pauper
Examples from the Web for pauper
He returned home a pauper without a pension and 50 years later, at 70, chronicled the travails of the War of Independence.McCain’s 13 Favorite Soldiers
November 11, 2014
So, the prince in the old saying “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper” might need to retire.How to Use Your Lunch Hour for Better Productivity, Without Ever Taking a Bite
April 23, 2014
Even in his native town, he seldom had other than pauper cases to defend.Self-Help
Yes, he said; nearly everybody is a pauper who is not a ruler.The Republic
Now, it's my idea that, long's he's bound to be a pauper, he might's well be treated as a pauper.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
I should deserve to be the pauper that I am if such had been my habits.St. Martin's Summer
We have witnessed also the development of the pauper and criminal classes.The Negro Farmer
- a person who is extremely poor
- (formerly) a destitute person supported by public charity
Word Origin and History for pauper
1510s, "person destitute of property or means of livelihood," from Latin pauper "poor, not wealthy, of small means" (see poor (adj.)). Originally in English a legal word, from Latin phrase in forma pauperis (late 15c.) "in the character of a poor person," thus allowed to sue in court without legal fees.