Definition of Mount of Piety in English:

Mount of Piety


  • In Italy and France: a pawnbroking establishment instituted and run by the state for providing loans to the poor at low interest. Now only with allusion to the Italian or French terms.


Early 17th century; earliest use found in Fynes Moryson (?1566–1630), traveller and writer. From mount + of + piety, after Italian monte di pietà Monte di Pietà or French mont de piété Mont de Piété.


Mount of Piety

/ˌmaʊnt əv ˈpʌɪɪti/