Pit"tance(pt"tns), n. [OE. pitance, pitaunce, F. pitance; cf. It. pietanza, LL. pitancia, pittantia, pictantia; perh. fr. L. pietas pity, piety, or perhaps akin to E. petty. Cf. Petty, and Pity.] 1. An allowance of food bestowed in charity; a mess of victuals; hence, a small charity gift; a dole. "A good pitaunce." Chaucer.
One half only of this pittance was ever given him in money.Macaulay.
2. A meager portion, quantity, or allowance; an inconsiderable salary or compensation. "The small pittance of learning they received."
The inconsiderable pittance of faithful professors.Fuller.
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