pawn·​bro·​ker | \ ˈpȯn-ˌbrō-kər How to pronounce pawnbroker (audio) , ˈpän- \

Definition of pawnbroker

: one who lends money in exchange for personal property that can be sold if the loan is not repaid by a certain time

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pawnbroking \ ˈpȯn-​ˌbrō-​kiŋ How to pronounce pawnbroking (audio) , ˈpän-​ \ noun

Examples of pawnbroker in a Sentence

He was desperate for money so he hocked his watch to a pawnbroker.
Recent Examples on the Web Before handing out candy canes, St. Nick listed groups of those who claim him as their patron saint — including children, sailors and pawnbrokers. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: How is the beginning of a pregnancy like the end of a hockey game?," 15 Dec. 2019 The best deep supporting character on TV right now is Burt (Joe Grifasi), a pawnbroker who seems to carry the whole moral calculus of Long Beach history in his cash-counting brain. Darren Franich,, "Save Lodge 49, save the world," 30 Oct. 2019 William Hill and its rivals, along with charity shops and pawnbrokers, were among the businesses that took up the slack. Washington Post, "William Hill Leaves Britain’s High Streets Empty: Andrea Felsted," 18 Sep. 2019 The pawnbroker and three postal employees identified Newby by photo. William Lee,, "Woman accused of stealing identity of ‘Empire’ star Taraji P. Henson," 28 July 2019 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 And, in some circles, waistcoats were associated with the likes of pawnbrokers or card sharks. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "England’s Hottest Fashion Item: Gareth Southgate’s Waistcoat," 9 July 2018 The United States had more than 130,000 active federal firearms licensees in 2017, including dealers, manufacturers and pawnbrokers, according to the A.T.F.’s most recent statistics. Ali Watkins, New York Times, "When Guns Are Sold Illegally, A.T.F. Is Lenient on Punishment," 3 June 2018 Martin's recent criminal past includes pleading guilty to burglary, dealing in stealing property, receiving money from a pawnbroker under false pretenses. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "He wanted to get rid of apartment tenants. Then, the bombs went off, cops say," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of pawnbroker

1658, in the meaning defined above

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22 Dec 2019

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“Pawnbroker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pawnbroker

: a person who lends money to people in exchange for personal property that can be sold if the money is not returned within a certain time


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Kids Definition of pawnbroker

: a person who lends money in exchange for personal property that can be sold if the money is not repaid


pawn·​bro·​ker | \ ˈpȯn-ˌbrō-kər How to pronounce pawnbroker (audio) \

Legal Definition of pawnbroker

: a person who lends money on the security of personal or movable property pledged in his or her keeping or who buys personal property and gives the seller an opportunity to buy back the property

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