American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who lends money at interest, especially at an exorbitant or unlawfully high rate.
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.
- n. A person who loans money to others and charges interest, particularly at an illegal, exorbitant, or unfair rate.
- n. rare Specifically, a male usurer.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete 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.
- n. someone who lends money at excessive rates of interest
- from Old French usurier, Latin usura "interest". (Wiktionary)
- 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)
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