the shop of a pawnbroker, especially one where unredeemed items are displayed and sold.

Origin of pawnshop

First recorded in 1840–50; pawn1 + shop Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for pawnshop

banker, bank, backer, pawnbroker, moneylender, usurer, Shylock, granter

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the premises of a pawnbroker
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Word Origin and History for pawnshop

also pawn-shop, by 1763, from pawn (n.1) + shop (n.).

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