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pawn

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noun \ˈpȯn, ˈpän\

Definition of pawn

  1. 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. 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

Rhymes with pawn


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pawn

noun

Definition of pawn

  1. 1 a :  something delivered to or deposited with another as security for a loan b :  hostage

  2. 2 :  the state of being pledged

  3. 3 :  something used as a pledge :  guaranty

  4. 4 :  the act of pawning



Origin of pawn

Middle English paun, from Middle French dialect (Walloon, Flanders) pan


First Known Use: 15th century


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pawn

verb

Simple Definition of pawn

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

Full Definition of pawn

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to deposit in pledge or as security especially in exchange for money

pawn·er play \ˈpȯ-nər, ˈpä-\ also paw·nor \same or pȯ-ˈnȯr, 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>



Circa 1566

First Known Use of pawn

circa 1566



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