[ ek-wi-teez ]

plural nounRoman 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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/ (ˈɛkwɪˌtiːz) /

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

Origin of equites

from Latin, plural of eques horseman, from equus horse

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