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.
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British Dictionary definitions for equites
Also called: knights members of a social order distinguished by wealth and ranking just below the senators
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