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pension

[ pen-shuhn; French pahn-syawn for 3 ]
/ ˈpɛn ʃən; French pɑ̃ˈsyɔ̃ for 3 /
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noun, plural pen·sions [pen-shuhnz; French pahn-syawn for 3 ]. /ˈpɛn ʃənz; French pɑ̃ˈsyɔ̃ for 3 /.
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)
  1. a boardinghouse or small hotel.
  2. room and board.
verb (used with object)
to grant or pay a pension to.
to cause to retire on a pension (usually followed by off).
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Origin of pension

1325–75; Middle English (<Old French pensïon) <Latin pēnsiōn- (stem of pēnsiō) a weighing out, hence, a paying out, installment paying, equivalent to pēns(us) (past participle of pendere to weigh out, pay by weight, equivalent to pend- verb stem + -tus past participle suffix, with dt>s) + -iōn--ion

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British Dictionary definitions for pension (1 of 2)

pension1
/ (ˈpɛnʃən) /

noun
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
verb
(tr) to grant a pension to

Derived forms of pension

pensionable, adjectivepensionless, adjective

Word Origin for pension

C14: via Old French from Latin pēnsiō a payment, from pendere to pay

British Dictionary definitions for pension (2 of 2)

pension2
/ French (pɑ̃sjɔ̃) /

noun (in France and some other countries)
a relatively cheap boarding house
another name for full board

Word Origin for pension

C17: French; extended meaning of pension grant; see pension 1
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Cultural definitions for pension

pension

Payments made to a retired person either by the government or by a former employer.

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