a chess piece of the smallest size and value. A pawn moves one square forward along its file if unobstructed (or two on the first move), or one square diagonally forward when making a capture. Each player begins with eight pawns on the second rank, and can promote a pawn to become any other piece (typically a queen) if it reaches the opponent's end of the board.
a person used by others for their own purposes.
"they had allowed themselves to be used as pawns within the Cold War"
synonyms:puppet, dupe, hostage, tool, cat's paw, instrument"a pawn in the battle for the throne"