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Pronunciation : Pawn
Part of Speech : n.
Definition : Defn: See Pan, the masticatory.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Pawn
Part of Speech : n.
Etymology : [OE. paune, poun, OF. peon, poon, F. pion, LL. pedo a foot soldier, fr. L. pes, pedis, foot. See Foot, and cf. Pioneer, Peon.] (Chess)
Definition : Defn: A man or piece of the lowest rank.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Pawn
Part of Speech : n.
Etymology : [OF. pan pledge, assurance, skirt, piece, F. pan skirt, lappet, piece, from L. pannus. See Pane.]
Definition : 1. Anything delivered or deposited as security, as for the payment of money borrowed, or of a debt; a pledge. See Pledge, n., 1. As for mortgaging or pawning, . . . men will not take pawns without use [i.e., interest]. Bacon.

2. State of being pledged; a pledge for the fulfillment of a promise. [R.] Redeem from broking pawn the blemish'd crown. Shak. As the morning dew is a pawn of the evening fatness. Donne.

3. A stake hazarded in a wager. [Poetic] My life I never held but as a pawn To wage against thy enemies. Shak. In pawn, At pawn, in the state of being pledged. "Sweet wife, my honor is at pawn." Shak. -- Pawn ticket, a receipt given by the pawnbroker for an article pledged.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Pawn
Part of Speech : v.
Definition : 1. To give or deposit in pledge, or as security for the payment of money borrowed; to put in pawn; to pledge; as, to pawn one's watch. And pawned the last remaining piece of plate. Dryden.

2. To pledge for the fulfillment of a promise; to stake; to risk; to wager; to hazard. Pawning his honor to obtain his lust. Shak.

t. [imp. & p. p. Pawned; p. pr. & vb. n. Pawning.]
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

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