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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How to use equites in a sentence
Again the people began to hiss louder, and the equites to make still greater plaudits.Plutarch's Lives, Volume IV | Aubrey Stewart
Not long since a man of fortune named Caepio, of the order of equites, died here.Quintus Claudius, Volume 1 of 2 | Ernst Eckstein
The second class (equites) among other prerogatives, possessed the right to wear a gold ring on the finger.Quintus Claudius, Volume 1 of 2 | Ernst Eckstein
Patrum exemplum secuti sunt equites imitataeque equites omnes tribus.Selections from Viri Romae | Charles Franois L'Homond
Ita Scipio sine publica impensa suos instruxit ornavitque equites.Selections from Viri Romae | Charles Franois L'Homond
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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