pawn meaning

[ pɔ:n ] Pronunciation:   "pawn" in a sentence
  • Noun: pawn  pon
    1. An article deposited as security 
    2. A person used by another to gain an end
      - instrument, cat's-paw 
    3. (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. Borrowing and leaving an article as security for repayment of the loan
    Verb: pawn  pon
    1. Leave as a guarantee in return for money
      "pawn your grandfather's gold watch"
      - soak, hock

    Sounds like: porn

    Derived forms: pawning, pawned, pawns

    Type of: assistant, borrowing, charge, chess piece, chessman, consign, help, helper, pledge, supporter

    Encyclopedia: Pawn

  • [Architecture]

    A covered passageway or gallery.

  • [Business]
    verb, noun

    verb [+ obj]

    to leave an item with a person who lends money in exchange for it (a pawnbroker). If the money is paid back within an agreed period of time, the item is returned to the owner, but if not, the item can be sold:

    Nobody would lend him money, so he pawned his gold watch.



    in pawn

    if sth is in pawn, it has been pawned:

    All her jewellery was in pawn.

    out of pawn

    if you get or take sth out of pawn, you pay back the money you owe and get back the item that has been pawned


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  1. my watch is at pawn.
  2. the slovaks, who had been used as a pawn by germany, obtained a precarious autonomy.
  3. don't continue to be a pawn of the jedi council
  4. by the way, i'd suggest sacrificing this pawn
  5. man 1 speaking french the pawn ofan obscure coalition

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