(noun, verb)


1. an article deposited as security

Definition categories: possession, pledge

2. a person used by another to gain an end

Similar word(s): instrument

Definition categories: person, assistant, help, helper, supporter

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

Definition categories: man–made, chessman

4. borrowing and leaving an article as security for repayment of the loan

Definition categories: act, borrowing

Sentences with pawn as a noun:

- Though a pawn of the gods, her departure is the precipitating cause of the Trojan War.

- All our jewellery was in pawn by this stage.


1. leave as a guarantee in return for money

- pawn your grandfather's gold watch

Similar word(s): hock, soak

Definition categories: possession, charge, consign