A moneylender is a person or group who offers small personal loans at high rates of interest.

See also

  • Microfinance - provision of financial services to low-income individuals.
  • Loan Shark - moneylender that offers unsecured loans with high interest rates, and often uses threats of violence or blackmail to force repayment.
  • Sarakin – the Japanese term for moneylender.


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  • moneylender — mon‧ey‧lend‧er [ˈmʌniˌlendə ǁ ər] noun [countable] FINANCE a person or organization that lends money, usually outside the official banking system: • For poor people in Bangladesh, the local moneylender is the only source of finance. * * *… …   Financial and business terms

  • moneylender — n. someone who lends money at excessive rates of interest. Syn: usurer, loan shark, shark, money lender. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moneylender — [mun′ēlen΄dər] n. a person whose business is lending money at interest …   English World dictionary

  • moneylender — UK [ˈmʌnɪˌlendə(r)] / US [ˈmʌnɪˌlendər] noun [countable] Word forms moneylender : singular moneylender plural moneylenders a person or organization that lends money to people, especially at a high rate of interest …   English dictionary

  • moneylender — [[t]mʌ̱nilendə(r)[/t]] moneylenders also money lender N COUNT A moneylender is a person who lends money which has to be paid back at a high rate of interest. [OLD FASHIONED] …   English dictionary

  • moneylender — noun Date: 1673 one whose business is lending money; specifically pawnbroker …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • moneylender — /mun ee len deuhr/, n. a person or organization whose business it is to lend money at interest. [1775 85; MONEY + LENDER] * * * …   Universalium

  • moneylender — noun A person who lends money and charges interest, especially one who is not part of the official financial industry …   Wiktionary

  • moneylender — Synonyms and related words: Shylock, bank clerk, bank manager, bank officer, bank president, banker, banking executive, bill broker, cambist, cashier, discounter, investment banker, lender, loan officer, loan shark, loaner, money broker, money… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • moneylender — (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. usurer, Shylock. See borrowing …   English dictionary for students

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