Pawn meaning

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A person or an entity used to further the purposes of another.

An underdeveloped nation that was a pawn in international politics.

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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.

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(colloquial) Someone who is being manipulated or used to some end, usually not the end that individual would prefer.

Though a pawn of the gods, her departure is the precipitating cause of the Trojan War.

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To risk; hazard.

Pawn one's honor.

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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.
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The act of pawning.
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To give or deposit (personal property) as security for the payment of money borrowed.
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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.
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(chess) The most common chess piece, or a similar piece in a similar game. In chess each side has eight; moves are only forward, attacks are only forward diagonally or en passant.
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A hostage.
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The state of being pledged.

To put a ring in pawn.

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To give as security; put in pawn.
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To stake, wager, or risk.

To pawn one's honor.

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A person used to advance another's purposes; tool.
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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.
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(video games) To render one's opponent a mere pawn, especially in a real-time strategy games.
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The state of being held as security for a loan, or as a pledge.

All our jewellery was in pawn by this stage.

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An instance of pawning something.
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(now rare) An item given as security on a loan, or as a pledge.
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(rare) A pawn shop, pawnbroker.
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To pledge; to stake or wager.
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To give as security on a loan of money; especially, to deposit (something) at a pawn shop.
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Alternative form of paan.
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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.

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Something given as security for a loan; a pledge or guaranty.
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The condition of being held as a pledge against the payment of a loan.

Jewels in pawn.

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A person serving as security; a hostage.
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The act of pawning.
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Anything given as security, as for a debt, performance of an action, etc.; pledge; guaranty.
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pawn off
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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

  • 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

  • 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