\ˈeˌkwes, ˈēˌkwēz\
plural equites\ˈekwəˌtās, -​ˌtēz \

Definition of eques 

: a member of a Roman order between the senatorial order and the ordinary citizen serving originally as cavalry, having entrance requirements based on wealth, and having during some periods exclusive rights to certain judicial, financial, and military positions

called also knight

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History and Etymology for eques

Latin, literally, horseman, from equus horse

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