Definition of pittance in English:


Line breaks: pit|tance
Pronunciation: /ˈpɪt(ə)ns


  • 1 [usually in singular] A very small or inadequate amount of money: he paid his workers a pittance
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    • 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.
    a very small amount, a tiny amount, an insufficient amount, next to nothing, very little
    informal peanuts, chicken feed, slave wages, a shoestring
    North American informal chump change
  • 2 historical A pious bequest to a religious house or order to provide extra food and wine at particular festivals, or on the anniversary of the benefactor’s death.


Middle English: from Old French pitance, from medieval Latin pitantia, from Latin pietas 'pity'.

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