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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

verb

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

Full Definition of PAWN

transitive verb
:  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

circa 1566

Related to PAWN

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi
PAWNER Defined for Kids

1pawn

noun \ˈpn\

Definition of PAWN for Kids

1
:  the piece of least value in the game of chess
2
:  a person who has little power and is controlled by a more powerful person or group

2pawn

verb
pawnedpawn·ing

Definition of PAWN for Kids

:  to leave as a guarantee of repayment for a loan <He pawned a watch.>

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