pawn

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Pronunciation[change]

  • (UK) IPA: /pɔːn/
  • (US) IPA: /pɔn/

Noun[change]

Singular
pawn

Plural
pawns

  1. (countable) A pawn in the game of chess is a piece that can only move forward. Each player will get eight pawns.

Verb[change]

Plain form
pawn

Third-person singular
pawns

Past tense
pawned

Past participle
pawned

Present participle
pawning

  1. (transitive) If you pawn a valuable object, you offer it to a money-lender as security for a loan of money. When money is repaid, plus interest, the object(s) are said to be "redeemed".
    Queen Eleanor pawned the crown jewels of England.