[ ek-wi-teez ]
/ ˈɛk wɪˌtiz /

plural noun Roman History.

mounted military units; cavalry.
members of a specially privileged class derived from the ancient Roman cavalry and having status intermediate between those of senatorial rank and the common people.

Nearby words

  1. equisetoid,
  2. equisetum,
  3. equitable,
  4. equitant,
  5. equitation,
  6. equities,
  7. equitoxic,
  8. equity,
  9. equity capital,
  10. equity of redemption

Origin of equites

< Latin, plural of eques horseman, derivative of equus horse

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Examples from the Web for equite

  • Equite cannot exist without justice; society without justice is a solecism.

    What is Property?|P. J. Proudhon
  • Equite, justice, and society, can exist only between individuals of the same species.

    What is Property?|P. J. Proudhon

British Dictionary definitions for equite


/ (ˈɛkwɪˌtiːz) /

pl n (in ancient Rome)

the cavalry
Also called: knights members of a social order distinguished by wealth and ranking just below the senators

Word Origin for equites

from Latin, plural of eques horseman, from equus horse

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