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1. A meager monetary allowance, wage, or remuneration.
2. A very small amount: not a pittance of remorse.
[Middle English pitance, from Old French, allowance of food to a monk or poor person, from Medieval Latin pietantia, from *pietāns, *pietant-, present participle of *pietāre, to show compassion, from Latin pietās, piety; see pity.]
a small amount or portion, esp a meagre allowance of money
[C16: from Old French pietance ration, ultimately from Latin pietās duty]
1. a small amount or share.
2. a small allowance of money.
3. a scanty wage or remuneration.
[1175–1225; Middle English pitaunce < Old French pitance, variant of pietance piety, pity, allowance of food]
Pittancea small portion; a small number or amount.
Examples: pittance of food; of grace, 1561; of instruction, 1841; of learning; of money; of reason and truth, 1561; of wages, 1749.
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|Noun||1.||pittance - an inadequate payment; "they work all day for a mere pittance"|
payment - a sum of money paid or a claim discharged