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Meaning & Definition of Pawn in English

English

Pawn

/pɔn/

noun

1. An article deposited as security

    synonym:
  • pawn

2. A person used by another to gain an end

    synonym:
  • instrument
  • ,
  • pawn
  • ,
  • cat's-paw

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
    synonym:
  • pawn

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

    synonym:
  • pawn

verb

1. Leave as a guarantee in return for money

  • "Pawn your grandfather's gold watch"
    synonym:
  • pawn
  • ,
  • soak
  • ,
  • hock