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.

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Actually, to be precise, Spinning Silver’s heroine Miryem is a moneylender’s daughter. Constance Grady, Vox, "With Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik cements her status as one of the great YA fantasy authors," 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, "India’s government claims to subsidise farmers, but actually hurts them," 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, "12 fantastic science fiction and fantasy novels that you should check out this July," 1 July 2018 Typical annualised percentage interest rates are in the region of 20-40%, cheaper than the traditional local moneylender or pawnbroker but hardly a snip. The Economist, "Pocket bankingMobile financial services are cornering the market," 3 May 2018 Shylock, the most infamous moneylender in literature, has just discovered that his daughter has absconded with his ducats to elope with a mercenary Christian. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: A Flock of Shylocks Transforms ‘Merchant of Venice’," 25 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of moneylender

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of moneylender was in 1598

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English Language Learners Definition of moneylender

: a person who lends money as a business

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