[ pen-shuh-ner ]
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  1. a person who receives or lives on a pension.

  2. a person who works only for pay without regard to the value of the work; a hireling.

  1. a student at Cambridge University who pays the cost to dine in the commons and other expenses, and is not supported by any foundation.

  2. Obsolete. a gentleman-at-arms.

Origin of pensioner

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English; from Anglo-French; pension, + -er2

Other words from pensioner

  • pen·sion·er·ship, noun
  • non·pen·sion·er, noun

Words Nearby pensioner Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pensioner in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pensioner


/ (ˈpɛnʃənə) /

  1. a person who is receiving a pension, esp an old-age pension from the state

  2. a person dependent on the pay or bounty of another

  1. obsolete, British another name for gentleman-at-arms

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