a person who lends money and charges interest, especially at an exorbitant or unlawful rate; moneylender.
Obsolete. a person who lends money at interest.

Origin of usurer

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin ūsūrārius, equivalent to ūsūr(ia) usury + Latin -ārius -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for usurer

Historical Examples of usurer

  • Appeal to the higher powers if you dare, and I'll make you repent it, you usurer!

  • Rooney appears to be a money-lender, a usurer—most probably a Jew.

    Jack Hinton

    Charles James Lever

  • If I were a usurer I could not put out money to a better advantage.

    Hidden Hand

    Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth

  • He had been plundered by every usurer in the Levant, and in turn had taken them in.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • He was a usurer, though he could be very liberal when his policy demanded.

British Dictionary definitions for usurer



a person who lends funds at an exorbitant rate of interest
obsolete a moneylender
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Word Origin and History for usurer

late 13c., from Old French usurier, from Medieval Latin usurarius "usurer," from Latin adj. usurarius "pertaining to interest," from usura (see usury).

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