[ pen-shuh-ner ]
/ ˈpɛn ʃə nər /


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

1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French; see pension, -er2

Related forms

pen·sion·er·ship, nounnon·pen·sion·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pensioner


/ (ˈpɛnʃənə) /


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
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