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pittance

[ pit-ns ]
/ ˈpɪt ns /
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noun
a small amount or share.
a small allowance or sum, as of money for living expenses.
a scanty income or remuneration.
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Origin of pittance

1175–1225; Middle English pitaunce<Old French pitance, variant of pietance piety, pity, allowance of food (in a monastery). See pity, -ance
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British Dictionary definitions for pittance

pittance
/ (ˈpɪtəns) /

noun
a small amount or portion, esp a meagre allowance of money

Word Origin for pittance

C16: from Old French pietance ration, ultimately from Latin pietās duty
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