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[pawn-broh-ker] /ˈpɔnˌbroʊ kər/
a person whose business is lending money at interest on personal, movable property deposited with the lender until redeemed.
Origin of pawnbroker
1680-90; pawn1 + broker Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pawnbroker
  • Let's not even mention the pawnbroker's critique of his red leather coat.
  • His first bold heist involves breaking into a car and stealing jewelry, which he sells to a pawnbroker.
  • If you have a complaint against a pawnbroker, please use our online complaint form.
British Dictionary definitions for pawnbroker


a dealer licensed to lend money at a specified rate of interest on the security of movable personal property, which can be sold if the loan is not repaid within a specified period
Derived Forms
pawnbroking, noun
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Word Origin and History for pawnbroker

1680s, from pawn (n.1) + broker (n.).

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