mount of piety
Mont de pi'et'e Mont" de pi`['e]`t['e]" [F., fr. It. monte di piet[`a] mount of piety.] One of certain public pawnbroking establishments which originated in Italy in the 15th century, the object of which was to lend money at a low rate of interest to poor people in need; -- called also {mount of piety}. The institution has been adopted in other countries, as in Spain and France. See {Lombard-house}. [1913 Webster]

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