- the act of lending; a grant of the temporary use of something: the loan of a book.
- something lent or furnished on condition of being returned, especially a sum of money lent at interest: a $1000 loan at 10 percent interest.
- to make a loan of; lend: Will you loan me your umbrella?
- to lend (money) at interest.
- to make a loan or loans; lend.
- on loan,
- 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
- a country lane; secondary road.
- an uncultivated plot of farmland, usually used for milking cows.
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.Patriotic Philanthropy: Not an Oxymoron
November 27, 2014
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
November 23, 2014
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
October 24, 2014
He must go and humbly he must ask for the loan of a small sum of money.
Young Sparrow must either starve or ask his neighbor to help him with a loan.
"Throw me the loan of a trusty Bartly, for a cushion," said he.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
If it be a loan, Seor, I fear that the time is not opportune.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
Mr. Mercier obtained from the city of Montreal the loan of fifteen picked men.The Hunted Outlaw
- the act of lendingthe loan of a car
- property lent, esp money lent at interest for a period of time
- (as modifier)loan holder
- the adoption by speakers of one language of a form current in another language
- short for loan word
- on loan
- lent out; borrowed
- (esp of personnel) transferred from a regular post to a temporary one elsewhere
- to lend (something, esp money)
- a lane
- a place where cows are milked
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.