noun, plural pen·sion·ar·ies.

a pensioner.
a hireling.


of the nature of a pension.
receiving a pension.

Origin of pensionary

From the Medieval Latin word pēnsiōnārius, dating back to 1530–40. See pension, -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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constituting a pension
maintained by or receiving a pension

noun plural -aries

a person whose service can be bought; hireling
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