Lombard

Lom"bard

, prop. n. [F. lombard, fr. the Longobardi or Langobardi, i. e., Longbeards, a people of Northern Germany, west of the Elbe, and afterward in Northern Italy. See Long, and Beard, and cf. Lumber.] 1. A native or inhabitant of Lombardy.
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2. A money lender or banker; -- so called because the business of banking was first carried on in London by Lombards.
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3. Same as Lombard-house.
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A Lombard unto this day signifying a bank for usury or pawns.
Fuller.
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4. (Mil.) A form of cannon formerly in use. Prescott.
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Lombard Street, the principal street in London for banks and the offices of note brokers; hence, the money market and interest of London.
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