One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Retire (someone) with a pension.‘his pilot's licence was withdrawn and he was superannuated’
pensioned off, retired, pensionedView synonyms
- ‘Pirate radio was about to be superannuated by the BBC shake-up that would give rise to Radio One.’
- ‘Soon after superannuating at the UN, Reddy wrote a paper on India and South Africa.’
Mid 17th century: back-formation from superannuated, from medieval Latin superannuatus, from Latin super- ‘over’ + annus ‘year’.
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