loan·​er | \ ˈlō-nər How to pronounce loaner (audio) \

Definition of loaner

: something (such as a car or a watch) that is lent especially as a replacement for something being repaired

Examples of loaner in a Sentence

The car he's driving is a loaner. His own car was damaged in an accident.
Recent Examples on the Web If the Lincoln pickup and delivery service is used, key driver touch points will be cleaned before delivering your loaner or your personal vehicle. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Customers offered aid as automakers confront COVID-19," 2 Apr. 2020 Nearby, nine Cabot Cove Cottages will reopen May 1, offering weekly ($1,500) and monthly ($5,500) rates that include weekly housekeeping and loaner bikes and kayaks. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "Bring in the Robot Cleaners: Travel Industry Innovations for the Pandemic," 28 Mar. 2020 Mazda Many Mazda dealers are providing free drop-off/pick-up services — and complimentary loaner vehicles — while the customer’s Mazda is taken to a dealership for service or maintenance needs. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Customers offered aid as automakers confront COVID-19," 2 Apr. 2020 Take 28 grand off this supreme sedan in Towson, Maryland, for $140,000, or snag a loaner 7 in Las Vegas (okay, with 446 miles, it's technically used) for just $152,000. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "9 of the Best New-Car Deals on 2019 Models Right Now," 28 Mar. 2020 Young added 50 loaner cars to his fleet so customers who do come in for service can return home. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "GM, Ford and FCA fight for customers with increased service and deals," 20 Mar. 2020 And The New York Times wrote about a fourth-grade honor student who brought home her school’s loaner iPad only to discover there was no internet at her family’s studio apartment in a homeless shelter. New York Times, "Figuring Out Home Schooling in the Age of Coronavirus," 28 Mar. 2020 Many were loaners from other agencies and have been sent back. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Bigger than Vindman: Trump scrubs 70 Obama holdovers from NSC," 10 Feb. 2020 In Arnold’s Valdez district, teachers will survey families to find out who has capacity for internet, or who might benefit from a loaner laptop or iPad. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s statewide school closure is about to begin. No one knows quite how it will work.," 16 Mar. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'loaner.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of loaner

1915, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about loaner

Time Traveler for loaner

Time Traveler

The first known use of loaner was in 1915

See more words from the same year

Statistics for loaner

Last Updated

13 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Loaner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for loaner


How to pronounce loaner (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of loaner

US : something (such as a car) that is loaned to someone as a replacement for something that is being repaired

More from Merriam-Webster on loaner

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with loaner

Comments on loaner

What made you want to look up loaner? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!