pawnbroker

[ pawn-broh-ker ]
/ ˈpɔnˌbroʊ kər /

noun

a person whose business is lending money at interest on personal, movable property deposited with the lender until redeemed.

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Origin of pawnbroker

First recorded in 1680–90; pawn1 + broker
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British Dictionary definitions for pawnbroker

pawnbroker

/ (ˈpɔːnˌbrəʊkə) /

noun

a dealer licensed to lend money at a specified rate of interest on the security of movable personal property, which can be sold if the loan is not repaid within a specified period
Derived Formspawnbroking, noun
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Word Origin and History for pawnbroker

pawnbroker


n.

1680s, from pawn (n.1) + broker (n.).

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