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[mawnduh-pyey-tey] /mɔ̃də pyeɪˈteɪ/
noun, plural monts-de-piété
[mawnduh-pyey-tey] /mɔ̃də pyeɪˈteɪ/ (Show IPA).
a public pawnbroking establishment that lends money on reasonable terms, especially to the poor. Unabridged
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  • You may have noticed that the manager of the mont-de-piete here isn't strong on conventional good looks.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • Ruth's connexion with the mont-de-piete had come about almost automatically.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • He would smooth the way for the good mother, leaving some of her jewels at the mont-de-piete.

    The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Vicente Blasco Ibanez
  • You would say, "What does this young man, so well-dressed, in a mont-de-piete?"

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • Juste lent Marcas two hundred francs in gold, the product of two watches bought on credit, and pawned at the mont-de-piete.

    Z. Marcas Honore de Balzac
  • Godefroid looked at that snuff-box, wondering it had not been sold or found its way to the mont-de-piete.

  • And at the mont-de-piete there occurred a surprising incident.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • Do not fly to the mont-de-piete; it is the ruin of the borrower.

    Cousin Betty Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for mont-de-piete


noun (pl) monts-de-piété (mɔ̃dpjete)
(formerly) a public pawnshop
Word Origin
from Italian monte di pietà bank of pity
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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