pawnbroker

noun

pawn·​bro·​ker ˈpȯn-ˌbrō-kər How to pronounce pawnbroker (audio)
ˈpän-
: one who lends money in exchange for personal property that can be sold if the loan is not repaid by a certain time
pawnbroking 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 The two founded a record company of their own, Vee Jay Records, using $500 borrowed from a pawnbroker. The Indianapolis Star, 13 Aug. 2016 Gun sellers in this story were based on license categories 1, 2 and 9 from the ATF, which includes dealers in firearms other than destructive devices, including gunsmiths; pawnbrokers that sell firearms other than destructive devices; and dealers of destructive devices. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, 10 July 2023 Because of these limits, banks kept interest rates between 6 and 12 percent and didn’t do much business with the poor, who in a pinch took their valuables to the pawnbroker or the loan shark. Matthew Desmond, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2023 For example, if someone builds a firearm at home and then sells it to a pawnbroker or another licensed dealer, that dealer must add a serial number to the weapon before selling it to a customer. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2022 The first hardware man, dealer in fancy articles, clerk in a department store, or pawnbroker would have sold me a revolver and asked no questions. Ian Buruma, Harper’s Magazine , 18 Jan. 2022 The woman, Elizabeth Daniels, was arrested and charged with several crimes, including theft from an at-risk person and providing a false statement to a pawnbroker, according to police records. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, 28 Dec. 2021 Raskolnikov, a haughty and penniless student flitting about the slums of St. Petersburg, brutally murders a nasty old lady—a pawnbroker—and her blameless, just-happened-to-be-there sister. James Parker, The Atlantic, 19 Oct. 2021 In practice, according to the California attorney general’s office, this means any loan from a bank, savings and loan, credit union, finance corporation or even a pawnbroker is exempt from the usury law. Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2021

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Word History

Etymology

pawn entry 2 + broker

First Known Use

1658, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pawnbroker was in 1658

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Cite this Entry

“Pawnbroker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pawnbroker. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

pawnbroker

noun
pawn·​bro·​ker ˈpȯn-ˌbrō-kər How to pronounce pawnbroker (audio)
ˈpän-
: a person who makes a business of lending money and keeping personal property as a guarantee
pawnbroking noun

Legal Definition

pawnbroker

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