[ paw-per ]
/ ˈpɔ pər /


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

1485–95; < Latin: poor

Related forms

pau·per·age, pau·per·dom, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pauper


/ (ˈpɔːpə) /


a person who is extremely poor
(formerly) a destitute person supported by public charity

Derived Forms

pauperism, noun

Word Origin for pauper

C16: from Latin: poor
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