[ moun-tuh-bangk ]
/ ˈmaʊn təˌbæŋk /


a person who sells quack medicines, as from a platform in public places, attracting and influencing an audience by tricks, storytelling, etc.
any charlatan or quack.

verb (used without object)

to act or operate as a mountebank.


Origin of mountebank

1570–80; (< Middle French) < Italian montimbanco one who climbs on a bench, equivalent to mont(are) to climb (see mount1) + -im-, variant of in on + banco bench (see bank2)

Related forms

moun·te·bank·er·y [moun-tuh-bangk-uh-ree] /ˈmaʊn təˌbæŋk ə ri/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mountebank


/ (ˈmaʊntɪˌbæŋk) /


(formerly) a person who sold quack medicines in public places
a charlatan; fake


(intr) to play the mountebank

Derived Forms

mountebankery, noun

Word Origin for mountebank

C16: from Italian montambanco a climber on a bench, from montare to mount ² + banco bench (see also bank 1)
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