Part of speech: noun

One who makes a business of lending money on personal property.

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Usage examples "pawnbroker":

  1. Would the pawnbroker hide the frame and then call the police? - "A Man and His Money", Frederic Stewart Isham.
  2. It was true it had for a few months reposed on the shelf of a pawnbroker in the Strand, to whom she had confided it during that terrible time just before she met with Barton. - "A Woman's Burden", Fergus Hume.
  3. The tailor's trade did not seem likely to lead to much, unless it were combined with something else, and a brilliant opening offered itself, as he was at work for a pawnbroker in Hounsditch. - "The Coming of the Friars", Augustus Jessopp.