pawn·​shop | \ ˈpȯn-ˌshäp How to pronounce pawnshop (audio) , ˈpän- \

Definition of pawnshop

: a pawnbroker's shop

Examples of pawnshop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has publicly identified the man whose remains were found in the wreckage of a south Minneapolis pawnshop torched during riots following George Floyd's death. Liz Sawyer, Star Tribune, "Medical examiner identifies remains found in burnt pawnshop, rules death a homicide," 20 Oct. 2020 The pawnshop dealer offered $180 for both pairs of earrings. Marni Jameson,, "When downsizing, don’t overlook the pawnshop," 9 Oct. 2020 Until that fateful night in June when her 77-year-old husband was killed while responding to an alarm at a friend's pawnshop during anti-police riots in the streets. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump rips Joe Biden as a threat to the American Dream and other takeaways from the RNC's final night," 28 Aug. 2020 The retired police captain, a 38-year veteran of the St. Louis Police Department, was found on the sidewalk outside of a pawnshop owned by his friend. Carly Ortiz-lytle, Washington Examiner, "Ann Dorn breaks down in emotional convention speech about husband slain in riot," 27 Aug. 2020 David Dorn, a black man who was allegedly murdered by a black looter in St. Louis while attempting to stop the robbery of a pawnshop, which is owned by a friend of his. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Niger Innis: Black Lives Matter agenda doesn't have a 'damn thing to do' with saving black lives," 9 June 2020 Sarno’s crew also engaged in smash-and-grab robberies in which hundreds of thousands of dollars in gems were stolen from jewelry stores and then fenced at a Cicero pawnshop operated by the Outlaws motorcycle gang, according to prosecutors. Sophie Sherry,, "Reputed mob boss Michael ‘the Large Guy’ Sarno wants out of prison 12 years early because of the pandemic," 4 Aug. 2020 David Dorn, 77, was shot in the torso at about 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday by looters at a St. Louis pawnshop and died on the sidewalk in front of the shop, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Retired 77-year-old police captain killed by looters in shooting broadcast on Facebook Live," 2 June 2020 Dorn, who spent more than three decades with the city police department, was shot and killed outside a pawnshop in the city, which is owned by a friend, last week. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "Man charged with murder of retired St. Louis police captain who was killed during pawnshop looting," 7 June 2020

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First Known Use of pawnshop

1749, in the meaning defined above

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23 Oct 2020

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“Pawnshop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pawnshop

: a pawnbroker's shop



Legal Definition of pawnshop

: a pawnbroker's shop

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