- 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.
Origin of equites
< Latin, plural of eques horseman, derivative of equus horse
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Examples from the Web for equites
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
Sulla restored the judicial functions to the Senate (from the Equites).Helps to Latin Translation at Sight
This order seemeth to answer in part to that Equites aurati.Chronicles (1 of 6): The Description of Britaine
The equites at Rome had an interest in acquitting a man who favoured their order.Plutarch's Lives, Volume IV
- the cavalry
- Also called: knights members of a social order distinguished by wealth and ranking just below the senators
from Latin, plural of eques horseman, from equus horse
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