from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who lends money at interest, especially at an exorbitant or unlawfully high rate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who loans money to others and charges interest, particularly at an illegal, exorbitant, or unfair rate.
  • n. Specifically, a male usurer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who lends money and takes interest for it; a money lender.
  • n. One who lends money at a rate of interest beyond that established by law; one who exacts an exorbitant rate of interest for the use of money.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who lent money and took interest for it.
  • n. One who lends money at an exorbitant rate of interest; a money-lender who exacts excessive or inordinate interest. See usury.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who lends money at excessive rates of interest


Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Late Latin ūsūrārius, moneylender, from Latin, interest-bearing, from ūsūra, usury; see usury.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
from Old French usurier, Latin usura "interest". (Wiktionary)



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