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
Origin of loan2
Related Words for loancredit, investment, mortgage, allowance, provide, lend, advance, trust, accommodation, extension, floater, scratch, stake, accommodate, score, allow, touch
Examples from the Web for loan
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of loan
Young Sparrow must either starve or ask his neighbor to help him with a loan.
He must go and humbly he must ask for the loan of a small sum of money.
"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
- 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
noun Scot and Northern English dialect
Word Origin 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.