The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pawn \Pawn\, n. [OF. pan pledge, assurance, skirt, piece, F. pan
skirt, lappet, piece, from L. pannus. See Pane.]
1. Anything delivered or deposited as security, as for the
payment of money borrowed, or of a debt; a pledge. See
Pledge, n., 1.
As for mortgaging or pawning, . . . men will not
take pawns without use [i. e., interest]. --Bacon.
2. State of being pledged; a pledge for the fulfillment of a
Redeem from broking pawn the blemish'd crown.
As the morning dew is a pawn of the evening fatness.
3. A stake hazarded in a wager. [Poetic]
My life I never held but as a pawn
To wage against thy enemies. --Shak.
In pawn, At pawn, in the state of being pledged. "Sweet
wife, my honor is at pawn." --Shak.
Pawn shop, a shop where a pawnbroker does business.
Pawn ticket, a receipt given by the pawnbroker for an