Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sum of money paid regularly as a retirement benefit or by way of patronage.
  • transitive v. To grant a pension to.
  • transitive v. To retire or dismiss with a pension: "Some French farmers suggest that the Government pension off the older and less efficient farmers” ( E.J. Dionne, Jr.)
  • n. A boarding house or small hotel in Europe: "A pension had somewhat less to offer than a hotel; it was always smaller, and never elegant; it sometimes offered breakfast, and sometimes not” ( John Irving).
  • n. Accommodations or the payment for accommodations, especially at a boarding house or small hotel in Europe.
  • n. Room and board.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A regularly paid gratuity paid regularly as benefit due to a person in consideration of past services; notably to one retired from service, on account of retirement age, disability or similar cause; especially, a regular stipend paid by a government to retired public officers, disabled soldiers; sometimes passed on to the heirs, or even specifically for them, as to the families of soldiers killed in service.
  • n. A stated regular allowance by way of patronage or subsidy, e.g. to meritorious artists, or the like.
  • n. Accommodations or the payment for accommodations, especially at a boarding house or small hotel in Europe.
  • n. A boarding house or small hotel, as in continental Europe, which offers lodging and certain meals and services.
  • n. A wage in active service
  • v. To grant a pension
  • v. To force someone to retire on a pension.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A payment; a tribute; something paid or given.
  • n. A stated allowance to a person in consideration of past services; payment made to one retired from service, on account of age, disability, or other cause; also, a regular stipend paid by a government to retired public officers, disabled soldiers, the families of soldiers killed in service, or to meritorious authors, or the like.
  • n. A certain sum of money paid to a clergyman in lieu of tithes.
  • n. A boarding house or boarding school in France, Belgium, Switzerland, etc.
  • transitive v. To grant a pension to; to pay a regular stipend to; in consideration of service already performed; -- sometimes followed by off.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To grant a pension to: as, to pension soldiers; to pension an old servant.
  • To lodge; be boarded. Compare pension, n.
  • n. A payment; a sum paid; expenditure; specifically, in the English inns of court, a small annual charge (5s. 4d.) upon each member.
  • n. A stated payment to a person in consideration of the past services of himself or of some kinsman or ancestor; periodical payment made to a person retired from service on account of age or other disability; especially, a yearly sum granted by a government to retired public officers, to soldiers or sailors who have served a certain number of years or have been wounded, to the families of soldiers or sailors killed or disabled, or to meritorious authors, artists, and others.
  • n. In English ecclesiastical law, a sum of money paid to a clergyman or church in lieu of tithes.
  • n. An assembly of the members or benchers of Gray's Inn to consult about the affairs of the society; also, a similar assembly in Barnard's Inn. Also spelled pention.
  • n. (F. pron. poṅ-sioṅ′ ). A boarding-house or a boarding-school, especially on the Continent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. grant a pension to
  • n. a regular payment to a person that is intended to allow them to subsist without working

Etymologies

Middle English pensioun, payment, from Old French pension, from Latin pēnsiō, pēnsiōn-, from pēnsus, past participle of pendere, to weigh, pay; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.
French, from Old French, payment; see pension1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Recorded since 1362 from Old French pension ("payment", "rent"), from Latin pensio ("payment", "rent"), from pensus, the past participle of pendere ("to weigh", "to pay") (Wiktionary)

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  • Used as a synonym for boarding house.

    December 25, 2007