pensionary
noun (plural -aries) Date: 1536 pensioner; especially hirelingpensionary adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Pensionary — Pen sion*a*ry, a. 1. Maintained by a pension; receiving a pension; as, pensionary spies. Donne. [1913 Webster] 2. Consisting of a pension; as, a pensionary provision for maintenance. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pensionary — Pen sion*a*ry, n.; pl. {Pensionaries}. [Cf. F. pensionnaire. Cf. {Pensioner}.] 1. One who receives a pension; a pensioner. E. Hall. [1913 Webster] 2. One of the chief magistrates of towns in Holland. [1913 Webster] {Grand pensionary}, the title… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pensionary — [pen′shə ner΄ē] adj. [ML pensionarius] 1. of or constituting a pension 2. receiving a pension 3. dependent; hireling n. pl. pensionaries 1. a pensioner 2. a hireling …   English World dictionary

  • Pensionary — A pensionary was a name given to the leading functionary and legal adviser of the principal town corporations in the Netherlands because they received a salary, or pension. At first this official was known by the name of clerk or advocate. The… …   Wikipedia

  • pensionary — /pen sheuh ner ee/, n., pl. pensionaries, adj. n. 1. a pensioner. 2. a hireling. adj. 3. of the nature of a pension. 4. receiving a pension. [1530 40; < ML pensionarius. See PENSION, ARY] * * * ▪ historical Dutch official Dutch  Pensionaris,  … …   Universalium

  • pensionary — adj. & n. adj. of or concerning a pension. n. (pl. ies) 1 a pensioner. 2 a creature; a hireling. Phrases and idioms: Grand Pensionary hist. the first minister of Holland and Zealand (1619 1794). Etymology: med.L pensionarius (as PENSION(1)) …   Useful english dictionary

  • pensionary — 1. noun one who receives a pension; a pensioner 2. adjective a) maintained by a pension; receiving a pension b) pertaining to a pension …   Wiktionary

  • pensionary — penʃənerɪ / ʃənrɪ n. receiving a pension, receiving a financial stipend adj. pertaining to a pension; dependent on others …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pensionary — pen·sion·ary …   English syllables

  • pensionary — pen•sion•ar•y [[t]ˈpɛn ʃəˌnɛr i[/t]] n. pl. ar•ies, adj. 1) pensioner 1) 2) a hireling 3) of the nature of a pension 4) receiving a pension • Etymology: 1530–40; < ML pēnsiōnārius. See pension, ary …   From formal English to slang

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