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mont-de-piété

[mawnduh-pyey-tey]
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noun, plural monts-de-pié·té [mawnduh-pyey-tey] /mɔ̃də pyeɪˈteɪ/. French.
  1. a public pawnbroking establishment that lends money on reasonable terms, especially to the poor.
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Historical Examples

  • Ruth's connexion with the mont-de-piete had come about almost automatically.

    The Man Upstairs

    P. G. Wodehouse

  • And at the mont-de-piete there occurred a surprising incident.

    The Man Upstairs

    P. G. Wodehouse

  • You would say, "What does this young man, so well-dressed, in a mont-de-piete?"

    The Man Upstairs

    P. G. Wodehouse

  • Do not fly to the Mont-de-Piete; it is the ruin of the borrower.

    Cousin Betty

    Honore de Balzac

  • You may have noticed that the manager of the mont-de-piete here isn't strong on conventional good looks.

    The Man Upstairs

    P. G. Wodehouse


British Dictionary definitions for mont-de-piete

mont-de-piété

noun plural monts-de-piété (mɔ̃dpjete)
  1. (formerly) a public pawnshop

Word Origin

from Italian monte di pietà bank of pity
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