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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.




From equus (horse) + the root of īre (to go) (compare pedes, mīles for similar formations).



eques m (genitive equitis); third declension

English Wikipedia has an article on:
  1. A horseman, cavalryman, rider
  2. A knight
  3. an equite, an eques, an equestrian (class)
  4. (Late Latin, chess) knight
  5. (in plural) Equestrian order


Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative eques equitēs
Genitive equitis equitum
Dative equitī equitibus
Accusative equitem equitēs
Ablative equite equitibus
Vocative eques equitēs

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


  • eques”, in Charlton T. Lewis and 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 with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • eques in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (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
  • Dizionario Latino, Olivetti