What does pawn mean?

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pɔnpawn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pawnnoun

    an article deposited as security

  2. instrument, pawn, cat's-pawnoun

    a person used by another to gain an end

  3. pawnnoun

    (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. pawnverb

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

  5. pawn, soak, hockverb

    leave as a guarantee in return for money

    "pawn your grandfather's gold watch"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pawnnoun

    see Pan, the masticatory

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

  2. Pawnnoun

    a man or piece of the lowest rank

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

  3. Pawnnoun

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

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

  4. Pawnnoun

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

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

  5. Pawnnoun

    a stake hazarded in a wager

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

  6. Pawnverb

    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

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

  7. Pawnverb

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

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

Freebase

  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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Etymology and Origins

  1. Pawn

    In relation to the game of chess. The ordinary piece or “man” bears this name from the French peon, a walker or foot soldier, the superior pieces being kings, queens, knights, castles, and bishops. An article left in the charge of a pawnbroker is called a pawn, from the French pan, a pledge.

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Numerology

  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

Examples of pawn in a Sentence

  1. Nathan Catura:

    You feel like a pawn in this big political windstorm. You feel like you're not worth anything.

  2. RAS CARDO REGGAE:

    check this out- so many people today are trying to sell their stolen goods of reggae from their archives in memorabilia and other artifacts just as thieves do to pawn stores to fence stolen items. Be not deceived! this is how they suck the blood of the sufferers- as bob marley said.

  3. Ronald Daigle:

    My client was a political pawn, nothing can give him the year back that he had in federal prison, and he’s the first to say he did do something wrong, but the punishment was excessive.

  4. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper:

    I have been used as a political pawn for the past two years by Egypt and Qatar, so I would surely want to avoid being placed in that frame.

  5. Bob Dylan:

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

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