1 [usually in singular] A very small or inadequate amount of money: he paid his workers a pittance
More example sentences
- It does give some money - a pittance - to some boys and girls.
- So I'll have at least a tiny pittance of spending money for a few days, before it runs out again.
- Two of the world's richest men, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, say they'll leave what amounts to a pittance to their children.
Middle English: from Old French pitance, from medieval Latin pitantia, from Latin pietas 'pity'.