eques

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin eques (horseman, knight; equestrian).

Noun[edit]

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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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

eques m (genitive equitis); third declension

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

Declension[edit]

Third declension.

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

Derived terms[edit]

See also[edit]

Chess pieces in Latin · latrunculi, milites scaccorum (layout · text)
♚ ♛ ♜ ♝ ♞ ♟
rex regina turris episcopus eques pedes

References[edit]

  • 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
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “eques”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • eques” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • 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