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 Prosecutors allege the ring netted more than $1.2 million in jewelry that was then fenced at a Cicero pawnshop owned by Polchan, who also helped authorize the robberies, prosecutors said. Jason Meisner,, 6 Oct. 2021 The family orders their gemstones from online suppliers and has a friend that owns a local pawnshop who passes along any precious stones that aren't diamonds. Cindy Watts,, 16 Aug. 2021 Sorrell’s businesses include a college textbook business, a pawnshop with locations in Florence and Huntsville, and a commercial real estate and investment company. Mike Cason |, al, 21 June 2021 Hawley's bill, called the David Dorn Back the Blue Act in honor of a former St. Louis police captain who was killed while defending a friend's pawnshop from looters, will be submitted to Congress on Wednesday. Carly Ortiz-lytle, Washington Examiner, 9 Sep. 2020 Dorn, who spent more than 30 years with the St. Louis Police Department, was shot and killed outside a pawnshop at 2:30 a.m. on July 2. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, 25 Mar. 2021 This late Victorian commercial structure built for Canadian baker J.E. Nicholson and Black tailor J.A. Colyer has been used for a dry goods store, a drug store and a pawnshop. Cassie Armstrong,, 19 Feb. 2021 The couple were forced into the trunk of their car and driven around to a pawnshop and several A.T.M.s. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, 25 Nov. 2020 As smoke billowed out of the pawnshop, bystanders tried in vain to rip down the plywood panels and reach faint voices calling for help inside. Liz Sawyer, Star Tribune, 14 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of pawnshop

1749, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pawnshop was in 1749

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12 Oct 2021

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“Pawnshop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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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