Mont de piete


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Related to Mont de piete: Montes pietatis

Mont´ de pi`e`te´


1.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.
References in classic literature ?
Valuable effects were there daily sold for a twentieth part of their original cost, and the vicomtesse saw her little stores diminish daily; for the Mont de Piete was obliged to regulate its own proceedings by the received current values of the day.
Adrienne had taken her way along the quays, delighted with her acquisition, and was far from the Mont de Piete before this indispensable duty occurred to her mind.
Ou deposer des bijoux au [beaucoup moins que] mont de piete [beaucoup plus grand que].