noun, plural pen·sions [pen-shuh nz; French pahn-syawn for 3] /ˈpɛn ʃənz; French pɑ̃ˈsyɔ̃ for 3/.
- a boardinghouse or small hotel.
- room and board.
verb (used with object)
- pensacola bay,
- penshurst place,
- pension fund,
- pension mortgage,
- pension off,
- pension plan,
Origin of pension
Examples from the Web for pension
Young says she ultimately lost her health benefits and pension.The Supreme Court Case Uniting Pro-Lifers & Pro-Choicers|Emily Shire|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He returned home a pauper without a pension and 50 years later, at 70, chronicled the travails of the War of Independence.
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.
His father had just been retired on a pension and had recently lost money in two investments.Balzac|Frederick Lawton
Then, declining to take the oath of allegiance to Louis Philippe, he retired from the peerage, and gave up his pension.
He was familiar with them, for his father, as we have said, was employed in the pension office and handled just such rolls.The Bradys' Chinese Clew|Francis Worcester Doughty
An' you'll 'ave to pay 'undreds an' 'undreds o' pounds, besides a pension to the missus.The Day's Work, Volume 1|Rudyard Kipling
Since this monologue was spoken the old lady has received her pension.Workhouse Characters|Margaret Wynne Nevinson
Word Origin for pension
noun (in France and some other countries)
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.