American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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PEN'SIONER, noun One to whom an annual sum of money is paid by government in consideration of past services.

1. One who receives an annual allowance for services.

2. A dependant.

3. In the university of Cambridge, and in that of Dublin, an undergraduate or bachelor of arts who lives at his own expense.

4. One of an honorable band of gentlemen who attend on the king of England, and receive a pension or an annual allowance of a hundred pounds. This band was instituted by Henry VII. Their duty is to guard the king's person in his own house.