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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.
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Origin of equites

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

Historical Examples

  • The senate offended the equites by proposing it, and yet did not carry the law.

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • Juvenal speaks also of "Equites Cappadoces" in the same strain, Sat.

    The Life of Cicero

    Anthony Trollope

  • Sulla restored the judicial functions to the Senate (from the Equites).

  • This order seemeth to answer in part to that Equites aurati.

  • The equites at Rome had an interest in acquitting a man who favoured their order.

British Dictionary definitions for 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
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Word Origin

from Latin, plural of eques horseman, from equus horse
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