Definition for lombard (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for lombard
He caught them in the alleys of Lombard Street, and clutched them from the counting-houses of Cornhill.Sybil|Benjamin Disraeli
He soon married again; and this time he chose for his bride a young lady of good Lombard family, called Orsina Osnaga.
Crosbie went along the lane into Lombard Street, and then he stood still for a moment to think.The Last Chronicle of Barset|Anthony Trollope
Meanwhile the Pope has persuaded the Lombard king Rachis to go into a monastery.The Roman and the Teuton|Charles Kingsley
His forces amounted to 80,000 men, including a Lombard corps and some Roman, Tuscan and other volunteers.
British Dictionary definitions for lombard (1 of 2)
adjective Also: Lombardic
British Dictionary definitions for lombard (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for lombard
from Late Latin Langobardus, proper name of a Germanic people who conquered Italy 6c. and settled in the northern region that became known as Lombardy, from Proto-Germanic Langgobardoz, often said to mean literally "Long-beards," but perhaps rather from *lang- "tall, long" + the proper name of the people (Latin Bardi). Their name in Old English was Langbeardas (plural), but also Heaðobeardan, from heaðo "war."
In Middle English the word meant "banker, money-changer, pawnbroker" (late 14c.), from Old French Lombart "Lombard," also "money-changer; usurer; coward," from Italian Lombardo (from Medieval Latin Lombardus).
Lombards in Middle Ages were notable throughout Western Europe as bankers and money-lenders, also pawn-brokers; they established themselves in France from 13c., especially in Montpellier and Cahors, and London's Lombard Street (c.1200) originally was the site of the houses of Lombard bankers. French also gave the word in this sense to Middle Dutch and Low German. Lombardy poplar, originally from Italy but planted in North American colonies as an ornamental tree, is attested from 1766.