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knight

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noun \ˈnīt\

Simple Definition of knight

  • : a soldier in the past who had a high social rank and who fought while riding a horse and usually wearing armor

  • : a man who is given a special honor and the title of Sir by the king or queen of England

  • : a chess piece shaped like a horse's head

Full Definition of knight

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  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

Examples of knight

  1. He was made a knight.



Origin of knight

Middle English, from Old English cniht man-at-arms, boy, servant; akin to Old High German kneht youth, military follower


First Known Use: before 12th century


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knight

verb

Simple Definition of knight

  • : to give (a man) the rank of a knight

Full Definition of knight

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make a knight of

Examples of knight

  1. He is to be knighted by the Queen for his career as an actor.



13th Century

First Known Use of knight

13th century




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