mortgage etymology

English word mortgage comes from Old French mort gage

Detailed word origin of mortgage

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
mort gage Old French (fro)
mortgage Middle French (frm)
morgage Anglo-Norman (xno)
mortgage English (eng) (legal) A special form of secured loan where the purpose of the loan must be specified to the lender, to purchase assets that must be fixed (not movable) property, such as a house or piece of farm land. The assets are registered as the legal property of the borrower but the lender can seize them and dispose of them if they are not satisfied with the manner in which the repayment of the loan [...]