- a person whose business is lending money at interest on personal, movable property deposited with the lender until redeemed.
Origin of pawnbroker
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Examples from the Web for pawnbroker
A young soldier (it was Charlie Wilkes) came upon Pincher the pawnbroker.
His brother, the pawnbroker, was there and had something to say to the Father.
He had insulted the name of the Father, and Pincher, the pawnbroker, had knocked him down.
I esteem a pawnbroker in the place of an uncle: that is, in loco.The Comic Latin Grammar
"Yes, they caught him in a pawnbroker's shop," said Mr. Basswood.Dave Porter At Bear Camp
- 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
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Word Origin and History for pawnbroker
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