- a fixed amount, other than wages, paid at regular intervals to a person or to the person's surviving dependents in consideration of past services, age, merit, poverty, injury or loss sustained, etc.: a retirement pension.
- an allowance, annuity, or subsidy.
- (in France and elsewhere in continental Europe)
- a boardinghouse or small hotel.
- room and board.
- to grant or pay a pension to.
- to cause to retire on a pension (usually followed by off).
Origin of pension
Related Words for pensionpremium, grant, subsidy, reward, payment, allowance, annuity, support, gift, subvention, IRA, superannuation
Examples from the Web for pension
Contemporary Examples of pension
Young says she ultimately lost her health benefits and pension.The Supreme Court Case Uniting Pro-Lifers & Pro-Choicers
December 3, 2014
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
But Raimondo ran a targeted, data-driven campaign that, like the pension reforms, was driven by the facts and not by emotion.
The pension fund, the union declared, had fallen victim to “a Wall Street coup.”
But when Tarkhan got sick with tuberculosis and was ushered out, the government gave him no pension or medical assistance.The Secret Life of an ISIS Warlord
Will Cathcart, Vazha Tavberidze, Nino Burchuladze
October 27, 2014
Historical Examples of pension
The practical result of the Ode was a pension of 200 a year conferred on him by Queen Anne.Handel
Edward J. Dent
This was the last I had seen of my ticket, and almost the last I had thought of my pension.
I had no thought of this pension, at all, in coming up to town.
Sir William's pension of L1200 a year ceased with his death.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
He's got one eye out; lost it lookin' fer a pension, I believe.Uncles Josh's Punkin Centre Stories
- a regular payment made by the state to people over a certain age to enable them to subsist without having to work
- a regular payment made by an employer to former employees after they retire
- a regular payment made to a retired person as the result of his or her contributions to a personal pension scheme
- any regular payment made on charitable grounds, by way of patronage, or in recognition of merit, service, etca pension paid to a disabled soldier
- (tr) to grant a pension to
Word Origin for pension
- a relatively cheap boarding house
- another name for full board
Word Origin for pension
mid-14c., "payment for services," especially "reward, payment out of a benefice" (early 14c., in Anglo-Latin), from Old French pension "payment, rent" (13c.) and directly from Latin pensionem (nominative pensio) "a payment, installment, rent," from past participle stem of pendere "pay, weigh" (see pendant). Meaning "regular payment in consideration of past service" first recorded 1520s. Meaning "boarding house, boarding school" first attested 1640s, from French, and usually in reference to places in France or elsewhere on the Continent.
1640s, "to live in a pension," from pension (n.) or else from French pensionner. Meaning "to grant a pension" is from 1702. Related: Pensioned; pensioning.
Payments made to a retired person either by the government or by a former employer.