- The definition of a pawn is a person or thing manipulated and used by others, or a game piece in the game of chess.
- A person unwittingly used in a scheme and taken advantage of by others is an example of a pawn.
- A chess piece that has the least value to the player is an example of a pawn.
- To pawn is to give something as security for a loan.
When you get a loan using a watch as the pledge that you will repay the loan, is an example of to pawn.
A row of pawn chess pieces.
The chess piece known as a pawn.
pawn definition by Webster's New World
- anything given as security, as for a debt, performance of an action, etc.; pledge; guaranty
- a hostage
- the state of being pledged: to put a ring in pawn
- the act of pawning
Origin: Late Middle English paun ; from Middle French pan, piece of cloth ; from Classical Latin pannus, cloth (? used as medium of exchange): see pane
- to give as security; put in pawn
- to stake, wager, or risk: to pawn one's honor
- a chessman of the lowest value: it can be moved only forward and one square at a time (or two squares on its first move), but it captures with a diagonal move
- a person used to advance another's purposes; tool
Origin: Middle English poun ; from Old French peon ; from Midieval Latin pedo (gen. pedonis), foot soldier ; from Late Latin one who has flat feet ; from Classical Latin pes, foot
pawn definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Something given as security for a loan; a pledge or guaranty.
- The condition of being held as a pledge against the payment of a loan: jewels in pawn.
- A person serving as security; a hostage.
- The act of pawning.
- To give or deposit (personal property) as security for the payment of money borrowed.
- To risk; hazard: pawn one's honor.
Origin: Middle English paun, from Old French pan, of Germanic origin .
- pawnˈa·ble adjective
- pawnˈage noun
- pawnˈer , pawˈnorˌ noun
- Abbr. P Games A chess piece of lowest value that may move forward one square at a time or two squares in the first move, capture other pieces only on a one-space diagonal forward move, and be promoted to any piece other than a king upon reaching the eighth rank.
- A person or an entity used to further the purposes of another: an underdeveloped nation that was a pawn in international politics.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French pedon, paon, from Medieval Latin pedō, pedōn-, foot soldier, from Late Latin, one who has wide feet, from Latin pēs, ped-, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots.
pawn - Legal Definition