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



BrE BrE//ˈpɔːpə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔːpər//
(old use) Poverty and famine
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a very poor person He died a pauper. She was buried in a pauper’s grave. See related entries: Poverty and famine Word Originlate 15th cent.: from Latin, literally ‘poor’. The word's use in English originated in the Latin legal phrase in forma pauperis, literally ‘in the form of a poor person’ (allowing non-payment of costs).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pauper