pawnage

pawnage

[paw-nij]
noun
the act of pawning.

Origin:
1615–25; pawn1 + -age

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pawn1 (pɔːn)
 
vb
1.  to deposit (an article) as security for the repayment of a loan, esp from a pawnbroker
2.  to stake: to pawn one's honour
 
n
3.  an article deposited as security
4.  the condition of being so deposited (esp in the phrase in pawn)
5.  a person or thing that is held as a security, esp a hostage
6.  the act of pawning
 
[C15: from Old French pan security, from Latin pannus cloth, apparently because clothing was often left as a surety; compare Middle Flemish paen pawn, German Pfand pledge]
 
'pawnage1
 
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