1. an association of independent English insurance underwriters, founded in London about 1688, originally engaged in underwriting only marine risks but now also issuing policies on almost every type of insurance.

Origin of Lloyd's

named after Edward Lloyd, 17th-century owner of a London coffeehouse that was frequented by insurers against sea risk


  1. Welsh Legend. Llwyd.
  2. Harold (Clay·ton) [kleyt-n] /ˈkleɪt n/, 1894–1971, U.S. actor.
  3. (John) Sel·wyn (Brooke) [sel-win] /ˈsɛl wɪn/, 1904–78, British statesman.
  4. a male given name: from a Welsh word meaning “gray.”
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British Dictionary definitions for lloyd's


  1. an association of London underwriters, set up in the late 17th century. Originally concerned exclusively with marine insurance and a shipping information service, it now subscribes a variety of insurance policies and publishes a daily list (Lloyd's List) of shipping data and news

Word Origin for Lloyd's

C17: named after Edward Lloyd (died ?1726) at whose coffee house in London the underwriters originally carried on their business


  1. Clive (Hubert). born 1944, West Indian (Guyanese) cricketer; played in 110 tests (1966–84), scoring 7,515 runs; captained the West Indies in 74 tests and to two World Cup wins (1975, 1979)
  2. Harold (Clayton). 1893–1971, US comic film actor
  3. Marie, real name Matilda Alice Victoria Wood. 1870–1922, English music-hall entertainer
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Word Origin and History for lloyd's


male proper name, from Welsh Llwyd, literally "gray," from PIE *pel- "pale" (see pallor). Lloyd's, meaning the London-based association of marine underwriters, is first recorded as such 1805, from Lloyd's Coffee House, Tower Street, London, opened in 1688 by Edward Lloyd, who supplied shipping information to his patrons.

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