paladin


pal·a·din

noun \ˈpa-lə-dən\

Definition of PALADIN

1
:  a trusted military leader (as for a medieval prince)
2
:  a leading champion of a cause

Examples of PALADIN

  1. <an idealistic paladin seeking better treatment for the homeless>

Origin of PALADIN

Middle French, from Italian paladino, from Old French palatin, from Medieval Latin palatinus courtier, from Late Latin, imperial official — more at palatine
First Known Use: 1592

Other History Terms

agonistic, carpetbagger, enceinte, fief, historiography

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