**Prime rate** — Prime rate, or Prime Lending Rate, is a term applied in many countries to a reference interest rate used by banks. The term originally indicated the rate of interest at which banks lent to favored customers, i.e., those with high credibility,… … Wikipedia

**Prime Rate** — Prime|rate, die; , Prime Rate, die; [ pra̮imreɪt ; engl. prime rate, aus: prime = Haupt ; hauptsächlich u. rate = Rate; Zins , Steuersatz] (Wirtsch., Bankw.): (in den USA) Zinssatz, den Großbanken für ihre Kredite berechnen u. der die Funktion… … Universal-Lexikon

**prime rate** — n: an interest rate formally announced by a bank to be the lowest available at a particular time to its most creditworthy customers – called also prime, prime interest rate; Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 … Law dictionary

**prime rate** — prime rates N COUNT A bank s prime rate is the lowest rate of interest which it charges at a particular time and which is offered only to certain customers. At least one bank cut its prime rate today … English dictionary

**prime rate** — prime′ rate′ n. ban bus the minimum interest rate charged by a commercial bank on short term business loans to large, best rated customers or corporations Also called prime 18) prime′ in′terest rate … From formal English to slang

**prime rate** — ● prime rate nom masculin (anglais prime rate, meilleur taux) Aux États Unis, taux d intérêt appliqué par une banque pour les crédits à court terme accordés à ses meilleurs clients … Encyclopédie Universelle

**prime rate** — prime .rate n the lowest rate of interest at which companies can borrow money from a bank →↑base rate … Dictionary of contemporary English

**prime rate** — prime ,rate noun count the lowest rate available for borrowing money … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

**prime rate** — noun : an interest rate formally announced by a bank as the lowest normally available at a particular time to its most creditworthy customers * * * Banking. the minimum interest rate charged by a commercial bank on short term business loans to… … Useful english dictionary

**Prime rate** — The interest rate at which banks lend to their best ( prime) customers. Much more often than not, a bank s most creditworthy customers borrow at rates below the prime rate. The New York Times Financial Glossary * * * prime rate prime rate ➔ rate1 … Financial and business terms