bank

1
[ bangk ]
/ bæŋk /
||

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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

Definition for bank (2 of 3)

Origin of bank

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

Definition for bank (3 of 3)

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 (1 of 3)

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

British Dictionary definitions for bank (2 of 3)

bank

2
/ (bæŋk) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for bank

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

British Dictionary definitions for bank (3 of 3)

bank

3
/ (bæŋk) /

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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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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