mon·​ey·​lend·​er | \ ˈmə-nē-ˌlen-dər How to pronounce moneylender (audio) \

Definition of moneylender

: one whose business is lending money specifically : pawnbroker

Examples of moneylender in a Sentence

He was unable to repay his debts to the moneylender.
Recent Examples on the Web Unfortunately for Licoricia, her 1244 stint in the Tower wouldn’t be her last: In 1258, a neighbor accused the moneylender of stealing a gold ring intended for the king. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Feb. 2022 When Licoricia of Winchester, an English moneylender who counted among her clients Henry III and members of his court, was found murdered in her home in 1277, news of her death circulated widely, even reaching Jewish communities in Germany. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Feb. 2022 Ebenezer Scrooge, the book’s miserly Victorian moneylender, is the first role that Murray every played onstage and that experience ignited his love for theater. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Dec. 2020 Unbanked Indians often find themselves at the mercy of loan sharks and moneylenders, ultimately leading them to be trapped into debt. Nupur Anand, Quartz, 5 Nov. 2019 The figure of the Jewish moneylender is the product, not the source, of the myth of the worldly, greedy Jew. Sara Lipton, The New York Review of Books, 17 June 2019 Actually, to be precise, Spinning Silver’s heroine Miryem is a moneylender’s daughter. Constance Grady, Vox, 20 July 2018 Loans and crop insurance have tended to flow to better-off, more literate farmers, leaving others at the mercy of moneylenders. The Economist, 12 July 2018 In this book, a girl named Miryem is the daughter of moneylenders, but her family has fallen onto hard times. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, 1 July 2018 See More

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First Known Use of moneylender

1598, in the meaning defined above

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“Moneylender.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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