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equites

[ek-wi-teez] /ˈɛk wɪˌtiz/
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.
Origin
< Latin, plural of eques horseman, derivative of equus horse
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British Dictionary definitions for equites

equites

/ˈɛkwɪˌtiːz/
plural noun (in ancient Rome)
1.
the cavalry
2.
Also called knights. members of a social order distinguished by wealth and ranking just below the senators
Word Origin
from Latin, plural of eques horseman, from equus horse
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