Lombard Street

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Etymology[edit]

A London street, the site of a colony of Lombard Jewish merchants and moneylenders who settled there in the 13th century.

Proper noun[edit]

Lombard Street

  1. The money and capital market of London.
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, page 312:
      Bankruptcy must inevitably have come of this young pagan in Lombard Street, London
    • 1873, Walter Bagehot, Lombard Street: A Description of the Money Market:
      Lombard Street is thus a perpetual agent between the two great divisions of England
    • 1963, Raymond de Roover, The Rise and Decline of the Medici Bank: 1397-1494, page 317:
      ... and it is no wonder that there were active relations between the bourse in Bruges and Lombard Street in London.