1. [syn: pawnbroker's shop, pawnshop, loan office]
2. an office where loans are negotiated and repaid;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Loan \Loan\, n. [OE. lone, lane, AS. l[=a]n, l[ae]n, fr. le['i]n
to lend; akin to D. leen loan, fief, G. lehen fief, Icel.
l[=a]n, G. leihen to lend, OHG. l[imac]han, Icel. lj[imac],
Goth. leihwan, L. linquere to leave, Gr. lei`pein, Skr. ric.
[root]119. Cf. Delinquent, Eclipse, Eleven, Ellipse,
Lend, License, Relic.]
1. The act of lending; a lending; permission to use; as, the
loan of a book, money, services.
2. That which one lends or borrows, especially a sum of money
lent at interest; as, he repaid the loan.
(a) An office at which loans are negotiated, or at which
the accounts of loans are kept, and the interest paid
to the lender.
(b) A pawnbroker's shop.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a shop where loans are made with personal property as
security [syn: pawnbroker's shop, pawnshop, loan
2: an office where loans are negotiated and repaid