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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Loan
A loanin.

Etymology: See Lawn

noun Loan
  1. The act of lending; a lending; permission to use; as, the loan of a book, money, services.
  2. That which one lends or borrows, especially a sum of money lent at interest; as, he repaid the loan .

Etymology: OE. lone lane, AS. lān læn, fr. león to lend; akin to D. leen loan, fief, G. lehen fief, Icel. lān, G. leihen to lend, OHG. līhan, Icel. ljī, Goth. leihwan, L. linquere to leave, Gr. lei`pein, Skr. ric. √119. Cf. Delinquent Eclipse Eleven Ellipse Lend License Relic

verb Loan
To lend; -- sometimes with out.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A word borrowed from another language; e.g. `blitz' is a German word borrowed into modern English
  2. The temporary provision of money (usually at interest)
  3. Give temporarily; let have for a limited time ("loan me some money")

From Middle English lone, lane, from Old Norse lán (“loan”), from Proto-Germanic *laihną (“that which is lent, loan, fief”), from Proto-Indo-European *leykʷ- (“to leave, leave over”). Cognate with Icelandic lán (“loan”), Swedish lån (“loan”), Danish lån (“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 lǣn (“loan, borrowing, lease, grant, gift, present, benefit”). More at lend.

  1. (banking, finance) A sum of money or other valuables or consideration that an individual, group or other legal entity borrows from another individual, group or legal entity (the latter often being a financial institution) with the condition that it be returned or repaid at a later date (sometimes with interest).
    He got a of five thousand pounds.
    All from the library, whether books or audio material, must be returned within two weeks.
  2. The contract and array of legal or ethical obligations surrounding a loan.
    He made a payment on his .
  3. The permission to borrow any item.
    Thank you for the of your lawn mower.

See lawn.

  1. (Scotland) A lonnen.

    loan was also found in the following language(s): Finnish, Spanish, and Vietnamese

    Notable Persons Named Loan

    Loan Chabanol was an actress, model, and artist. She breathed her last breath in 1982.


    Loan was born on April 10th, 1999.


    Loan Maclibuin is a swordsmith. Loan is also known as The Dark Smith of Drontheim, Son of Luan Lon Mac Liomtba, and Loan Maclibhuin.


    Loan Azor is an athlete for the US Macouria.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Loan

    Nguyễn Ngọc Loan is a military person.


    Peter Van Loan is a President of the Privy Council, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Minister of International Trade, Minister of Public Safety, President of the Privy CouncilandMinister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Mi. He was most active from 2015 to 2015. Peter was born on April 18th, 1963 in Niagara Falls, Ontario.


    Bảo Thy is a pop music musician. Bảo was given the name Trần Thị Thúy Loan on October 13th, 1988. Bảo is also known as Thy Bao.


    Như Loan is a pop music musician. Như was given the name Loanne Le on April 20th, 1981 in Bảo Lộc.


    He holds the title Mai Hắc Đế and (Mai the Black Emperor). His most notable accomplishments were from 713 to 722. Mai was born in Thạch Hà District. He breathed his last breath in 723.


    Hữu Loan was a poet. Hữu was born on February 14th, 1916 in Nga Lĩnh, Nga Sơn District, Thanh Hóa Province, Vietnam. They left this life on March 18th, 2010.


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    Popularity of Loan as a last name

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    Common last names for Loan

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    • Tran
    • Le
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    • Phan

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Loan U.S.
      White 84.85% 64.26%
      African American 0.00% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 9.38% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.02% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.31% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Loan

    People with the last name Loan are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Loan

    • How Popular is the name Loan? Loan is the 17,873rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Loan was the 33,036th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Loan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 426 babies born with the first name Loan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Loan to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Loan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1976 when it was given as a first name to 14 new born babies.
    • When was Loan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Loan is Monday, July 1st, 1889.
    • What year had the most people named Loan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Loan was in 1982 with a total of 41 babies.
    • Random Loan Factoid: According to the 1980 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Loan is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 9 babies in California have the same name as you in 1980.
    • Weird things about the name Loan: Your name in reverse order is Naol. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aoln. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Loan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 693 people with the last name Loan.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Loan? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Loan as their last name since less than 1 person in 435k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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