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pawnbroker (plural pawnbrokers)
- A person who makes monetary loans at interest, taking personal property as security – which may be sold if not redeemed.
- 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. […], volume III, London: Henry Colburn, […], OCLC 21345056, page 280:
- "We may keep it by us," replied the pawnbroker, "for months; there is no demand for such articles." "But," exclaimed she, eagerly, "I shall soon redeem it!" "So you all say," returned the man, with imperturbable coolness.
person who makes monetary loans at interest, taking personal property as security