bank

1
[ bangk ]
/ bæŋk /
||

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. banjermasin,
  2. banjo,
  3. banjo clock,
  4. banjolele,
  5. banjul,
  6. bank acceptance,
  7. bank account,
  8. bank annuities,
  9. bank balance,
  10. bank barn

Origin of bank

1
1150–1200; Middle English banke, Old English hōbanca couch; cognate with Old Norse bakki elevation, hill, Swedish backe, Danish bakke < Germanic *bank-ōn-; perhaps akin to Sanskrit bhañj- bend, Lithuanian bangà wave; see bank3, bench

Origin of bank

2
1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French banque < Italian banca table, counter, moneychanger's table < Old High German bank bench

bank

3
[ bangk ]
/ bæŋk /

noun

verb (used with object)

to arrange in a bank: to bank the seats; to bank the lights.

Origin of bank

3
1200–50; Middle English bank(e) < Old French banc bench < Germanic; see bank1

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British Dictionary definitions for bank

bank

1
/ (bæŋk) /

noun

verb

See also bank on

Word Origin for bank

C15: probably from Italian banca bench, moneychanger's table, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German banc bench

noun

verb

Word Origin for bank

C12: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Icelandic bakki hill, Old Danish banke, Swedish backe

noun

an arrangement of objects, esp similar objects, in a row or in tiersa bank of dials
  1. a tier of oars in a galley
  2. a bench for the rowers in a galley
a grade of lightweight writing and printing paper used for airmail letters, etc
telephony (in automatic switching) an assembly of fixed electrical contacts forming a rigid unit in a selector or similar device

verb

(tr) to arrange in a bank

Word Origin for bank

C17: from Old French banc bench, of Germanic origin; see bank 1

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Word Origin and History for bank
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Idioms and Phrases with bank

bank

In addition to the idiom beginning with bank

  • bank on

also see:

  • break the bank
  • laugh all the way to the bank
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