loan

1
[ lohn ]
/ loʊn /

noun

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.

verb (used with object)

to make a loan of; lend: Will you loan me your umbrella?
to lend (money) at interest.

verb (used without object)

to make a loan or loans; lend.

Idioms

    on loan,
    1. borrowed for temporary use: How many books can I have on loan from the library at one time?
    2. 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 loan

1
1150–1200; Middle English lon(e), lan(e) (noun), Old English lān < Old Norse lān; replacing its cognate, Old English lǣn loan, grant, cognate with Dutch leen loan, German Leh(e)n fief; cf. lend

Related forms

un·loaned, adjective

Can be confused

loan loneborrow lend loan

Usage note

Sometimes mistakenly identified as an Americanism, loan1 as a verb meaning “to lend” has been used in English for nearly 800 years: Nearby villages loaned clothing and other supplies to the flood-ravaged town. The occasional objections to loan as a verb referring to things other than money, are comparatively recent. Loan is standard in all contexts but is perhaps most common in financial ones: The government has loaned money to farmers to purchase seed.

Definition for loan (2 of 2)

loan

2
[ lohn ]
/ loʊn /

noun Scot.

a country lane; secondary road.
an uncultivated plot of farmland, usually used for milking cows.
Also loan·ing [loh-ning] /ˈloʊ nɪŋ/.

Origin of loan

2
1325–75; Middle English, Old English lone lane1

Related forms

un·loan·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for loan (1 of 2)

loan

1
/ (ləʊn) /

noun

the act of lendingthe loan of a car
  1. property lent, esp money lent at interest for a period of time
  2. (as modifier)loan holder
the adoption by speakers of one language of a form current in another language
short for loan word
on loan
  1. lent out; borrowed
  2. (esp of personnel) transferred from a regular post to a temporary one elsewhere

verb

to lend (something, esp money)

Derived Forms

loanable, adjectiveloaner, noun

Word Origin for loan

C13 loon, lan, from Old Norse lān; related to Old English lǣn loan; compare German Lehen fief, Lohn wages

British Dictionary definitions for loan (2 of 2)

loan

2

loaning (ˈləʊnɪŋ)

/ (ləʊn) /

noun Scot and Northern English dialect

a lane
a place where cows are milked

Word Origin for loan

Old English lone, variant of lane 1
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