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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to deposit as security, as for money borrowed, esp. with a pawnbroker.

  2. to pledge; stake; risk:

    to pawn one's life.

  3. (n.)the state of being pawned:

    jewels in pawn.

  4. something that is pawned.

  5. a person serving as security; hostage.

  6. the act of pawning.

Origin of pawn:

1490–1500; < MF pan; OF pan(d), pant, appar. < WGmc; cf. OFris pand, OS, MD pant, G Pfand

pawn•erˈpɔ nər; -nər, -nɔr(n.)paw′nor


  1. one of eight chess pieces of one color and of the lowest value, usu. moved one square at a time vertically and capturing diagonally.

    Category: Checkers and Chess

  2. someone who is used or manipulated to further another person's purposes.

Origin of pawn:

1325–75; ME poun < AF; MF poon, paon, earlier pe(h)on lit., walker; see peon1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pawn(noun)

    an article deposited as security

  2. instrument, pawn, cat's-paw(noun)

    a person used by another to gain an end

  3. pawn(noun)

    (chess) the least powerful piece; moves only forward and captures only to the side; it can be promoted to a more powerful piece if it reaches the 8th rank

  4. pawn(verb)

    borrowing and leaving an article as security for repayment of the loan

  5. pawn, soak, hock(verb)

    leave as a guarantee in return for money

    "pawn your grandfather's gold watch"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pawn(noun)

    see Pan, the masticatory

  2. Pawn(noun)

    a man or piece of the lowest rank

  3. Pawn(noun)

    anything delivered or deposited as security, as for the payment of money borrowed, or of a debt; a pledge. See Pledge, n., 1

  4. Pawn(noun)

    state of being pledged; a pledge for the fulfillment of a promise

  5. Pawn(noun)

    a stake hazarded in a wager

  6. Pawn(verb)

    to give or deposit in pledge, or as security for the payment of money borrowed; to put in pawn; to pledge; as, to pawn one's watch

  7. Pawn(verb)

    to pledge for the fulfillment of a promise; to stake; to risk; to wager; to hazard


  1. Pawn

    The pawn is the most numerous piece in the game of chess, and in most circumstances, also the weakest. It historically represents infantry, or more particularly, armed peasants or pikemen. Each player begins a game of chess with eight pawns, one on each square of the rank immediately in front of the other pieces. Individual pawns are referred to by the file on which they stand. For example, one speaks of "White's f-pawn" or "Black's b-pawn", or less commonly, "White's king bishop pawn" or "Black's queen knight pawn". It is also common to refer to a rook pawn, meaning any pawn on the a- or h-file, a knight pawn, a bishop pawn, a queen pawn, a king pawn, and a central pawn.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. PAWN

    v. t., To keep property in the family by leaving it all with your Uncle.

Anagrams of pawn

  1. WPAN

Translations for pawn

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in chess, one of the small pieces of lowest rank.

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