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

Definition of pawnshop

: a pawnbroker's shop

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Use the kid to crawl through the window of a liquor store or a pawnshop. Fox News, "Democrats threaten to investigate Kavanaugh after midterms," 21 Sep. 2018 There was a couple of independent pawnshops in town. Fox News, "Rick Harrison opens up about his journey to 'Pawn Stars'," 6 Aug. 2018 A year ago, for example, the pawnshop owners teamed up with the Pontiac Regional Chamber and other local business owners to hold a three-week course on entrepreneurship. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Young entrepreneurs to get micro loans from 'Hardcore Pawn' stars," 9 Feb. 2018 Running three pawnshops — one in Hazel Park, one in Pontiac and the landmark one in Detroit at the corner of Greenfield and 8 Mile Road — remains the focus. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Young entrepreneurs to get micro loans from 'Hardcore Pawn' stars," 9 Feb. 2018 One guitar found in a Philadelphia pawnshop has two necks on each side of its body. David Patrick Stearns,, "Bowerbird's 2-man music contraption is a hot ticket for 4 remaining Philly shows," 8 May 2018 The pawnshop, Cash City, at 1300 Randolph, which Stone also is selling, is closing, too. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Longtime Detroit clothing shop J.L. Stone to close," 24 Jan. 2018 But many pawnshop employees are not sworn notaries. Taylor Palmby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A rare felony charge could help curb Wisconsin's opioid epidemic and property theft," 2 July 2018 Napier is the only one of the three people involved in the pawnshop burglary who has been arrested. Maxine Bernstein,, "Man pleads guilty to stealing 9 firearms from Tigard pawnshop," 25 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of pawnshop

: a pawnbroker's shop



Legal Definition of pawnshop

: a pawnbroker's shop

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