Pronunciation: (pen'shun; Fr. pän-syôn' for 3),[key] —n., pl.-sionsPronunciation: (-shunz; Fr. -syôn' for 3),[key] —v.
—n. 1. a fixed amount, other than wages, paid at regular intervals to a person or to the person's surviving dependents in consideration of past services, age, merit, poverty, injury or loss sustained, etc.: a retirement pension. 2. an allowance, annuity, or subsidy.
3. (in France and elsewhere in continental Europe)
a. a boardinghouse or small hotel.
b. room and board.
—v.t. 1. to grant or pay a pension to.
2. to cause to retire on a pension (usually fol. by off).