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From Latin eques ‎(horseman, knight; equestrian).


eques ‎(plural equites)

  1. (historical, Ancient Rome) A member of the equestrian order (Latin: ordo equester), the lower of the two aristocratic classes of Ancient Rome, ranking below the patricians.



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From equus.



eques m ‎(genitive equitis); third declension

  1. A horseman, rider
  2. A knight
  3. (Later Latin, chess) knight

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Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative eques equitēs
genitive equitis equitum
dative equitī equitibus
accusative equitem equitēs
ablative equite equitibus
vocative eques equitēs

See also[edit]

Chess pieces in Latin · latrunculi, milites scaccorum (layout · text)
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rex regina turris episcopus eques pedes


  • eques in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • eques in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • EQUES in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • eques” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • a dictator appoints a magister equitum: dictator dicit (legit) magistrum equitum
    • to place the cavalry on the wings: equites ad latera disponere (B. G. 6. 8)
    • to repel the attack of the enemy's cavalry: summovere or reicere hostium equites