See also: Loan and loạn

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Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English lone, lane, from Old Norse lán, from Proto-Germanic *laihną, from Proto-Indo-European *leykʷ- (to leave (over)).

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.

Noun edit

loan (plural loans)

  1. (law, banking, finance) An act or instance of lending, an act or instance of granting something for temporary use.
    Synonyms: loaning, lending
    Because of the loan that John made to me, I was able to pay my tuition for the upcoming semester.
  2. (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[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter II, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
      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.
  3. The contract and array of legal or ethical obligations surrounding a loan.
    He made a payment on his loan.
  4. The permission to borrow any item.
    Thank you for the loan of your lawn mower.
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loan (third-person singular simple present loans, present participle loaning, simple past and past participle loaned)

  1. (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.
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  • 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.
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See lawn.

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loan (plural loans)

  1. (Scotland) (Can we verify(+) this sense?) A lonnen.

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.)

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  • IPA(key): /ˈloɑn/, [ˈlo̞ɑ̝n]
  • Rhymes: -oɑn
  • Syllabification(key): lo‧an

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loan

  1. genitive singular of loka

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loan

  1. third-person plural present indicative of loar

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loan

  1. third-person plural present indicative of loar

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Etymology edit

Sino-Vietnamese word from .

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(classifier con) loan

  1. hen-phoenix

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loan

  1. Alternative form of lhoan
    • 1867, OBSERVATIONS BY THE EDITOR:
      F. broan, eeloan, hoan, loan, sthoan, sthroan.
      E. brand, island, hand, land, stand, strand.

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  • 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