Definition of pittance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpɪtns//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪtns//
[usually singular]
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a very small amount of money that somebody receives, for example as a wage, and that is hardly enough to live on to pay somebody a pittance to work for a pittance She could barely survive on the pittance she received as a pension. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French pitance, from medieval Latin pitantia, from Latin pietas ‘pity’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pittance