Cognate with Icelandic lán, Swedish lån, Danish lån, German Lehen (“fief”), Dutch leen (“fief”), West Frisian lien, North Frisian leen (“fief; loan; office”), Scots lane, lain, len, Old English lǣn. More at lend.
loan (plural loans)
- (law, banking, finance) An act or instance of lending, an act or instance of granting something for temporary use.
- (law, banking, finance) A sum of money or other property that a natural or legal person borrows from another with the condition that it be returned or repaid over time or at a later date (sometimes with interest).
- Synonym: principal
- All loans from the library, whether books or audio material, must be returned within two weeks.
- He got a loan of five thousand pounds.
- 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 2, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- That the young Mr. Churchills liked—but they did not like him coming round of an evening and drinking weak whisky-and-water while he held forth on railway debentures and corporation loans. Mr. Barrett, however, by fawning and flattery, seemed to be able to make not only Mrs. Churchill but everyone else do what he desired.
- The contract and array of legal or ethical obligations surrounding a loan.
- He made a payment on his loan.
- The permission to borrow any item.
- Thank you for the loan of your lawn mower.
- (something borrowed): bailment
- air loan
- auto loan
- blanket loan
- bridge loan
- bridging loan
- bullet loan
- call loan
- caveat loan
- collateralized loan obligation
- conventional mortgage loan
- director's loan
- false loan
- home loan
- installment loan
- interlibrary loan
- juice loan
- liar loan
- loan blend
- loan car
- loan coinage
- loan creation
- loan formation
- loan meaning
- loan rendering
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- loan shark
- loan sharking
- loan term
- loan translation
- loan word
- low-doc loan
- maritime loan
- NINA loan
- NINJA loan
- ninja loan
- on loan
- payday loan
- permanent loan
- revolving loan
- savings and loan
- secured loan
- semantic loan
- soft loan
- stock loan
- student loan
- swing loan
- time loan
- title loan
- upstream loan
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- (usually ditransitive, US, dated and occasionally proscribed in UK, informal) To lend (something) to (someone).
- 1820 June 1, William King, Letters to James Monroe: President of the United States, from William King:
- In the course of a correspondence that passed between us at this period, he mentioned, to my utter astonishment, the fact of his having loaned Neilson 81000 to buy my bill on Maryland; and stated that he could not proceed to make the payment until Neilson refunded the money.
- 1992, Carlo Ginzburg, The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller, page 30:
- All the rest—six out of eleven, more than half—were loaned to him.
- 2015, Joanne M. Flood, Wiley GAAP 2015: Interpretation and Application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, page 574:
- Upon maturity of the debt, the investment bank returns the loaned shares.
On the date of issuance, the entity should record the loaned shares at their fair value and recognize them as an issuance cost, with an offset to additional paid-in capital.
- This usage, once widespread in the UK, is now confined to the US (or perhaps parts thereof). The use of loan as a verb is occasionally disapproved of, especially when the object being lent is something other than money; as a consequence, lend is often preferred.
loan (plural loans)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “loan”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)
(classifier con) loan
- Alternative form of
- 1867, OBSERVATIONS BY THE EDITOR:
- F. broan, eeloan, hoan, loan, sthoan, sthroan.
- E. brand, island, hand, land, stand, strand.
- Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 14