- Noun: pawn pon
- An article deposited as security
- A person used by another to gain an end
- instrument, cat's-paw
- (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
- Borrowing and leaving an article as security for repayment of the loan
Sounds like: porn
Derived forms: pawning, pawned, pawns
A covered passageway or gallery.
■ 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.
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