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English definition of “pawn”

pawn

noun [C]
 
 
/pɔːn/
CHESS in the game of chess, the smallest piece and the one that has the lowest valueBoard games
PERSON someone who does not have power and is used by other peopleOf little or less importanceThings of little importance
(Definition of pawn noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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