equites

[ek-wi-teez]
plural noun Roman History.
  1. mounted military units; cavalry.
  2. 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.

Origin of equites

< Latin, plural of eques horseman, derivative of equus horse
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Examples from the Web for equite

Historical Examples of equite

  • Equite, justice, and society, can exist only between individuals of the same species.

    What is Property?

    P. J. Proudhon

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

    What is Property?

    P. J. Proudhon


British Dictionary definitions for equite

equites

pl n (in ancient Rome)
  1. the cavalry
  2. 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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