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Definition of KNIGHT
a (1): a mounted man-at-arms serving a feudal superior; especially: a man ceremonially inducted into special military rank usually after completing service as page and squire (2): a man honored by a sovereign for merit and in Great Britain ranking below a baronet (3): a person of antiquity equal to a knight in rank
b: a man devoted to the service of a lady as her attendant or champion
c: a member of an order or society
: either of two pieces of each color in a set of chessmen having the power to make an L-shaped move of two squares in one row and one square in a perpendicular row over squares that may be occupied
He is to be knighted by the Queen for his career as an actor.
First Known Use of KNIGHT
In the European Middle Ages, a formally professed cavalryman, generally a vassal holding land as a fief from the lord he served (seefeudalism). At about 7 a boy bound for knighthood became a page, then at 12 a damoiseau (lordling), varlet, or valet, and subsequently a shieldbearer or esquire. When judged ready, he was dubbed knight by his lord in a solemn ceremony. The Christian ideal of knightly behavior (seechivalry) required devotion to the church, loyalty to military and feudal superiors, and preservation of personal honor. By the 16th century knighthood had become honorific rather than feudal or military.