What does the word pawn mean?

Usage examples for 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 by Knut Hamsun
  2. A pawn has small chance, when the fate of kings is in question." – The Secret Witness by George Gibbs
  3. They are heavy, and I must pawn them for whatso'er is right. – The Lay of the Cid by R. Selden Rose and Leonard Bacon