- a person who receives or lives on a pension.
- a hireling.
- a student at Cambridge University who pays for his or her commons and other expenses, and is not supported by any foundation.
- Obsolete. a gentleman-at-arms.
Origin of pensioner
Examples from the Web for pensioner
“As Muslims, we want it to be a mosque, but we also have to think of the foreigners and their rights,” said Asim Gur, a pensioner.From Museum To Mosque?
December 15, 2013
Dimitris Christoulas, the pensioner who took his life, summed up the sentiments of many in his chilling suicide note.Greece’s Elections in May Will Not Solve the Country’s Many Crises Nor Heal Disunity
Barbie Latza Nadeau
April 14, 2012
Unlike the NFL pensioner, Anthony has nothing to fall back on.Casey’s Angry New World
July 16, 2011
While Pensioner was saying this, he took the tongs and picked a live coal from the fire.
His mother and the Pensioner were sitting before the fire as he entered the house.
“He is a jolly boy,” said the pensioner to Paul's mother, as Paul left the room.
I have been his pensioner for nigh a year back: I am so still.One Of Them
Charles James Lever
I suspect, however, that you will soon be freed from your pensioner.
- a person who is receiving a pension, esp an old-age pension from the state
- a person dependent on the pay or bounty of another
- obsolete, British another name for gentleman-at-arms
Word Origin and History for pensioner
late 15c., from Anglo-French pensionner, from Old French pensionnier (mid-14c.), from Medieval Latin pensionarius, from pension (see pension (n.)).