pawn


1pawn

noun \ˈpn, ˈpän\

Definition of PAWN

1
:  one of the chessmen of least value having the power to move only forward ordinarily one square at a time, to capture only diagonally forward, and to be promoted to any piece except a king upon reaching the eighth rank
2
:  one that can be used to further the purposes of another

Origin of PAWN

Middle English pown, from Anglo-French peoun, paun, from Medieval Latin pedon-, pedo foot soldier, from Latin ped-, pes foot — more at foot
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Game Terms

bezique, carom, convention, crap, euchre, gambit, monte, parlay, tierce

Rhymes with PAWN

2pawn

noun

Definition of PAWN

1
a :  something delivered to or deposited with another as security for a loan
b :  hostage
2
:  the state of being pledged
3
:  something used as a pledge :  guaranty
4
:  the act of pawning

Origin of PAWN

Middle English paun, from Middle French dialect (Walloon, Flanders) pan
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

3pawn

transitive verb

: to give (something that you own) to a pawnbroker in exchange for money

Full Definition of PAWN

:  to deposit in pledge or as security especially in exchange for money
pawn·er \ˈp-nər, ˈpä-\ also paw·nor \same or p-ˈnr, pä-\ noun

Examples of PAWN

  1. She was forced to pawn her diamond ring.
  2. <he pawned his antique watch in order to pay off his gambling debt>

First Known Use of PAWN

1570

Related to PAWN

Synonyms
hock, pledge

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

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