What does pawn mean?

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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

  8. Origin: [OF. pan pledge, assurance, skirt, piece, F. pan skirt, lappet, piece, from L. pannus. See Pane.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pawn

    pawn, n. something given as security for the repayment of money or the performance of a promise: state of being pledged.—v.t. to give in pledge.—ns. Pawn′broker, a broker who lends money on pawns or pledges; Pawn′broking, the business of a pawnbroker; Pawnee′, one who takes anything in pawn; Pawn′er, one who gives a pawn or pledge as security for money borrowed; Pawn′shop, a shop of a pawnbroker; Pawn′ticket, a ticket marked with the name of the article, the amount advanced, &c., delivered to the person who has pawned anything.—At pawn, pledged, laid away. [O. Fr. pan, prob. from L. pannus, a cloth.]

  2. Pawn

    pawn, n. a common piece in chess. [O. Fr. paon, a foot-soldier—Low L. pedo, pedonis, a foot-soldier—L. pes, pedis, the foot.]

  3. Pawn

    pawn, n. a gallery.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. PAWN

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pawn in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pawn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Italian Proverb:

    After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box.

  2. Bob Dylan:

    In ceremonies of the horsemen, even the pawn must hold a grudge.

  3. Italian Proverb:

    Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.

  4. Trend Micro:

    Generally speaking Pawn Storm is known to have very goodsocial engineering skills.

  5. Hudson Columbe:

    You can actually sell them to a pawn shop and they’re worth a few hundred bucks.

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