Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In ancient Rome, the knights, a body originally constituting the cavalry of the army, of patrician rank, and equipped by the state, but afterward comprising also rich plebeians, and in part finding their own equipments. The equites, or the equestrian order (in distinction from the senatorial order), finally lost in great part their distinctive military character, and were constituted as a class intermediate between the senatorial order and the ordinary citizens, based on certain limits of property, with a prescriptive right to judicial and financial offices, to high military rank, and to some social distinctions.
- [capitalized] In zoology, a Linnean group of butterflies, corresponding to the old genus Papilio.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Rom. Antiq.) An order of knights holding a middle place between the senate and the commonalty; members of the Roman equestrian order.
“Nor is the opinion of Hannibal opposed to this who, when he saw in the engagement at Cannae that the Consuls made their horsemen descend on foot, making a mock of a like proceeding, said: Quam malem vinctos mini traderent equites, that is, I would have more concern if they would give them to me bound.”
“Among them was one of the consuls; a large number of their knights, their "equites," and a great number of their prominent men.”
“Realist, philosopher, opportunist and social climber, he was no patrician but a knight of the Empire, a member of the equites, a position of class that could be purchased in those days for a price.”
“The latter's list included 190-300 Senators and some 2,000 equites.”
“Among other reports weighing on the markets Thursday, homeowner equites has dropped below 50 percent - that's the first since the end of WWII. Worse than that, home foreclosures have hit a record high in the aftermath of the subprime debacle, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.”
“The property was originally the site of the barracks and training grounds of the equites singulares Augusti, a private corps of mounted Imperial bodyguards thought to have been formed by the emperor Trajan at the end of the first century A.D.”
“During the period of use by the equites, however, this site was also used as a cemetery for the soldiers who served here.”
“I have tiaa-cref with 77% in equites, 12% in real estate and 10% in guarentees.”
“Has he ever come up with the 300,000 sesterces to become an equites and marry Helena?”
“Even though equites have outperformed all investments such as bonds since time began.”
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