verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- borrowed for temporary use: How many books can I have on loan from the library at one time?
- temporarily provided or released by one's regular employer, superior, or owner for use by another: Our best actor is on loan to another movie studio for two films.
Origin of loan1
Definition for loan (2 of 2)
Origin of loan2
Examples from the Web for loan
This loan has done nothing to deter the hardliners: just ask the current occupants of Evin prison.
What were the terms of the loan—did the Hermitage pay and if not, why not?
He jokes about going through airport security with the then 800-year-old document, which is now on loan to the National Archives.
He continues to search for a loan to renovate his beloved Hotel Pourquoi Pas?‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With a $20,000 loan from a friend, matched from her own funds and credit, Roberts got a full line up and running in early 2013.Look Who’s Wearing The Pants: Haute Butch’s Gender-Blending Style|Nina Strochlic|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I offered to loan him a few dollars, but he would not receive them.Redburn. His First Voyage|Herman Melville
He went to London, and floated a loan of eight million dollars.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)|Elbert Hubbard
I got in badvery badwith some gamblers and some loan sharksand Sis was good enough to try to get me out of it.The Luminous Face|Carolyn Wells
Mercantile borrowers, he continued, generally obtained a loan to profit by it.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
But always it is a debt which necessitates a loan, the payment of interest, economy, and fasting.What is Property?|P. J. Proudhon
British Dictionary definitions for loan (1 of 2)
- property lent, esp money lent at interest for a period of time
- (as modifier)loan holder
- lent out; borrowed
- (esp of personnel) transferred from a regular post to a temporary one elsewhere
Word Origin for loan
British Dictionary definitions for loan (2 of 2)
noun Scot and Northern English dialect
Word Origin for loan
Word Origin and History for loan
mid-13c., from Old Norse lan, related to lja "to lend," from Proto-Germanic *laikhwniz (cf. Old Frisian len "thing lent," Middle Dutch lene, Dutch leen "loan, fief," Old High German lehan, German Lehn "fief, feudal tenure"), originally "to let have, to leave (to someone)," from PIE *leikw- "to leave" (see relinquish).
The Norse word also is cognate with Old English læn "gift," which did not survive into Middle English, but its derived verb lænan is the source of lend. As a verb, loan is attested from 1540s, perhaps earlier, and formerly was current, but has now been supplanted in England by lend, though it survives in American English.
Loan word (1874) is a translation of German Lehnwort; loan-translation is attested 1933, from German Lehnübersetzung. Slang loan shark first attested 1900.