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pawn

play
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 and Etymology 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


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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 and Etymology of pawn

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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pawn

verb

Definition of pawn

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

pawner

play \ˈpȯ-nər, ˈpä-\ less commonly

pawnor

\same or pȯ-ˈnȯr, pä-\ noun

Examples of pawn in a sentence

  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


PAWN Defined for English Language Learners


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pawn

verb

Definition of pawn for English Language Learners

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


PAWN Defined for Kids

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pawn

play
noun \ˈpȯn\

Definition of pawn for Students

  1. 1 :  the piece of least value in the game of chess

  2. 2 :  a person who has little power and is controlled by a more powerful person or group


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pawn

play
verb

Definition of pawn for Students

pawned

pawning

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


Law Dictionary

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pawn

play
noun \ˈpȯn\

Legal Definition of pawn

  1. 1a :  a pledge and transfer of possession of movable or personal property to a creditor which gives the creditor the privilege of satisfying the debt from the property (as by selling it) if the debt is not repaid within a specified time; also :  the property pledged <shall not take as a pawn any workman's tools> — compare antichresis b :  the state of being so pledged or burdened by such a pledge <goods held in pawn>

  2. 2 :  the act of pawning


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pawn

transitive verb

Legal Definition of pawn

  1. :  to put (personal or movable property) in pawn <when it is redeemed by the person who pawned it> — compare hypothecate

pawner

\ˈpȯ-nər\ play or

pawnor

\same or pȯ-ˈnȯr\ noun


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