A painting on loan from another museum.
Took out a loan to buy a car; repaid the loan over five years.
She couldn't afford the loan after losing her job.
A bank that buys consumer loans.
He got a loan of five thousand pounds.
All loans from the library, whether books or audio material, must be returned within two weeks.
He made a payment on his loan.
Thank you for the loan of your lawn mower.
The loan of a pen.
An example of to loan is to give your friend money when they don’t have any cash.
An example of to loan is to give someone your phone to make a quick call.
An example of a loan is the agreement to give you money to buy a house.
A bank that makes loans to small businesses.
- lent for temporary use or service to another by the owner, regular employer, etc.
Other Word Forms
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of loan
- Middle English lan, lon from Old Norse lān leikw- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English lone, lane, from Old Norse lán (“loan"), from Proto-Germanic *laihnÄ… (“that which is lent, loan, fief"), from Proto-Indo-European *leykÊ·- (“to leave, leave over"). Cognate with Icelandic lán (“loan"), Swedish lÃ¥n (“loan"), Danish lÃ¥n (“loan"), German Lehen (“fief, feudal estate"), Dutch leen (“fief, feudatory, something lent"), West Frisian lien (“something borrowed, loan"), North Frisian leen (“fief, loan, office"), Scots lane, lain, len (“loan"), Old English lÇ£n (“loan, borrowing, lease, grant, gift, present, benefit"). More at lend.
- See lawn.