|Origin:||banque, from Old Italian banca 'long seat, bank'|
|Origin:||Probably from a Scandinavian language.|
|Origin:||banc 'long seat'|
bank1 S1 W1 [countable]
place for money
a business that keeps and lends money and provides other financial services
in the bank
We have very little money in the bank.
b) BFB➔ clearing bank, merchant bank
a local office of a bank:
I have to go to the bank at lunch time.
land along the side of a river or lake
the banks of the River Dee
the river bank
a place where human blood etc is stored until someone needs it
a large mass of clouds, mist etc:
a fog bank
banks of mist
a large sloping mass of earth, sand, snow etc:
She was sitting on a grassy bank.
steep banks of snow
banks of flowers
a large number of machines, television screens etc arranged close together in a row
banks of TV monitors
a supply of money used to gamble, that people can win
➔ break the bankat break1 (24)
8 American English spoken informal
to earn a lot of money for the work that you do:
Check out Omar's new car. The brother must be makin' bank.
a slope made at a bend in a road or racetrack to make it safer for cars to go around