pawnshop

noun

pawn·​shop ˈpȯn-ˌshäp How to pronounce pawnshop (audio)
ˈpän-
: a pawnbroker's shop

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Authorities were able to find the gun was initially sold at a Wylie pawnshop in 2013. Dallas News, 29 Sep. 2022 Eventually the bear made its way to a pawnshop, where it was bought by country music star Waylon Jennings. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 3 Dec. 2022 Augustama then allegedly drove to a pawnshop in Opa-locka, Fla., about 10 miles northwest of downtown Miami, and made a $150 deposit on an AK-47. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2022 Taylor has been a fixture on the UAB defense the last two seasons, but his time at LSU was cut short following an arrest for alleged participation in the burglary of a pawnshop in his hometown in May 2018. Evan Dudley, al, 18 Nov. 2022 Courtesy of Oliver Smith Imagine a pawnshop in the 1980s, its counter strewn with luxury timepieces and gold chains. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 30 Sep. 2022 An officer is killed at a pawnshop along with the store’s owner, and the team tries to figure out why a recent college dropout is tied to the crime. Olivia Mccormack, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2022 Evan Kail, the pawnshop owner and TikTok creator who posted about the photos last week, said a client brought him the album to sell. Morgan Sung, NBC News, 7 Sep. 2022 The contracts were akin to someone getting cash at a pawnshop in exchange for temporarily handing over a gold watch or pearl necklace. Kosaku Narioka, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1749, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pawnshop was in 1749

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“Pawnshop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pawnshop. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

pawnshop

noun
pawn·​shop ˈpȯn-ˌshäp How to pronounce pawnshop (audio)
ˈpän-
: a pawnbroker's shop

Legal Definition

pawnshop

noun
pawn·​shop
: a pawnbroker's shop

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