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[pawn-broh-ker] /ˈpɔnˌbroʊ kər/
a person whose business is lending money at interest on personal, movable property deposited with the lender until redeemed.
Origin of pawnbroker
First recorded in 1680-90; pawn1 + broker Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for pawnbroker
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  • A young soldier (it was Charlie Wilkes) came upon Pincher the pawnbroker.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • His brother, the pawnbroker, was there and had something to say to the Father.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • He had insulted the name of the Father, and Pincher, the pawnbroker, had knocked him down.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • I esteem a pawnbroker in the place of an uncle: that is, in loco.

    The Comic Latin Grammar Percival Leigh
  • "Yes, they caught him in a pawnbroker's shop," said Mr. Basswood.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • He bought a secondhand watch at a pawnbroker's, but disdained a chain.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • I come hup jest when the perleeceman and the pawnbroker were a-gripping yer.

    Sue, A Little Heroine

    L. T. Meade
  • On turning the corner, Judy had discovered a pawnbroker's shop.

  • Bart overheard him talking of Stowley and the pawnbroker there.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • Afterwards he vanished, as I say, and became a pawnbroker in Gwynne Street.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
British Dictionary definitions for pawnbroker


a dealer licensed to lend money at a specified rate of interest on the security of movable personal property, which can be sold if the loan is not repaid within a specified period
Derived Forms
pawnbroking, noun
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Word Origin and History for pawnbroker

1680s, from pawn (n.1) + broker (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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