Pawn Definition

pôn
pawned, pawning, pawns
noun
pawns
Anything given as security, as for a debt, performance of an action, etc.; pledge; guaranty.
Webster's New World
The condition of being held as a pledge against the payment of a loan.
Jewels in pawn.
American Heritage
A hostage.
Webster's New World
The state of being pledged.
To put a ring in pawn.
Webster's New World
The act of pawning.
Webster's New World
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verb
pawned, pawning, pawns
To give as security; put in pawn.
Webster's New World
To stake, wager, or risk.
To pawn one's honor.
Webster's New World
An item of personal property given to secure a monetary loan; something held as security against a monetary loan. To borrow money against a piece of personal property that is held by the lender as security.
Webster's New World Law
(video games) To render one's opponent a mere pawn, especially in a real-time strategy games.
Wiktionary
idiom
pawn off
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Pawn

Noun

Singular:
pawn
Plural:
pawns

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Pawn

Origin of Pawn

  • Middle English from Old French pedon, paon from Medieval Latin pedō pedōn- foot soldier from Late Latin one who has broad, splayed feet from Latin pēs ped- foot ped- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman paun, poun (= Old French poon, paon), from Late Latin pedō(nem) (“footsoldier"), from Latin pÄ“s, ped- (“foot").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle French pan (“pledge, security"), apparently from a Germanic language (compare Middle Dutch pant, Old High German pfant).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English paun from Old French pan perhaps of Germanic origin Old High German pfant

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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