Share this entry

Share this page

equites

Syllabification: eq·ui·tes
Pronunciation: /ˈekwəˌtās, -ˌtēz
 
/

Definition of equites in English:

plural noun (singular eques /ˈekwes, -wēz/)

(In ancient Rome) a class of citizens who originally formed the cavalry of the Roman army and at a later period were a wealthy class of great political importance.
Example sentences
  • Though Pompey was still an eques, Sulla grudgingly allowed him to triumph; and in 80, after the death of his wife Aemilia, Sulla's stepdaughter, he married Mucia Tertia, a close connection of the Metelli.
  • He was born at Reate, in the Sabine hills, the son of a member of the equites.
  • One such type was that of the equites, literally ‘horsemen’, so called because they entered the arena on horseback, although for the crucial stage of the combat they dismounted to fight on foot.

Origin

Latin, plural of eques 'horseman'.

Words that rhyme with equites

chrysopraselactase

Definition of equites in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day terpsichorean
Pronunciation: ˌtərpsikəˈrēən
adjective
of or relating to dancing