Overview

mountebank


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

A person who deceives others, especially in order to trick them out of their money; a charlatan; a person who sold patent medicines in public places.

Recorded from the late 16th century, the word comes from Italian montambanco, from the imperative phrase monta in banco! ‘climb on the bench!’, with allusion to the raised platform used to attract an audience.


Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.