pawn

Part of speech: noun

A pledge.

Part of speech: verb

To pledge ( personal property), as security for Pawl and Ratcha loan.

Part of speech: noun

Something pledged as security for a loan.

Part of speech: noun

A chessman of lowest rank.

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Usage examples "pawn":

  1. Perhaps it would be no use, though buttons are buttons; but yet, I look and examine them, and find them as good as new- that was a lucky idea all the same; I could cut them off with my penknife and take them to the pawn- office. - "Hunger", Knut Hamsun.
  2. A pawn has small chance, when the fate of kings is in question." - "The Secret Witness", George Gibbs.
  3. They are heavy, and I must pawn them for whatso'er is right. - "The Lay of the Cid", R. Selden Rose and Leonard Bacon.