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Meaning of PITTANCE

Pronunciation:  'pitns

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  an inadequate payment; "they work all day for a mere pittance"

PITTANCE is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: payment



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pit"tance\ (p[i^]t"tans), n. [OE. pitance, pitaunce,
F. pitance; cf. It. pietanza, LL. pitancia, pittantia,
pictantia; perh. fr. L. pietas pity, piety, or perhaps akin
to E. petty. Cf. {Petty}, and {Pity}.]
1. An allowance of food bestowed in charity; a mess of
   victuals; hence, a small charity gift; a dole. ``A good
   pitaunce.'' --Chaucer.

         One half only of this pittance was ever given him in
         money.                                --Macaulay.

2. A meager portion, quantity, or allowance; an
   inconsiderable salary or compensation. ``The small
   pittance of learning they received.'' --Swift.

         The inconsiderable pittance of faithful professors.

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