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Definition of knight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(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 : 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


knighted; knighting; knights

Definition of knight (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make a knight of

Examples of knight in a Sentence

Noun He was made a knight. Verb He is to be knighted by the Queen for his career as an actor.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The story follows an Arthurian knight (Patel) being tested for his chivalry by a giant green being. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 5 June 2021 House of the Dragon stars Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole, a Kingsguard knight. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 24 Apr. 2021 So much so that players of Final Fantasy XIV commemorated Miura’s cultural contribution by recently hosting a dark knight memorial in the game. Ollie Barder, Forbes, 22 May 2021 Rabanne's now notorious chain-mail creations made his models look like extraterrestrial warriors -- dressed in body armor that was equal parts 16th-century knight and futuristic dancer. Leah Dolan, CNN, 22 May 2021 The inner workings of Epic’s years-long plan to present itself as gaming’s knight in shining armor are now public thanks to court filings. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 7 May 2021 And because there was a knight shown in the Piglet's clue package, Robin Thicke guessed Jordan Knight while Jenny McCarthy went with the New Kids on the Block member's brother and bandmate, Jonathan Knight. Rachel Yang,, 1 Apr. 2021 Rick Owens, fashion’s dark knight, would love my mom. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 3 May 2021 The king hovers over a black knight with a horse’s head. Lingling Wei, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Also, a 100-year-old former British army officer who raised $40 million for Britain’s National Health Service will be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Isabella Kwai, New York Times, 20 May 2020 He has also been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his chemical endeavors. Jessica Chia, Allure, 29 Apr. 2020 Dalglish was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2018 for services to football and charity. CNN, 12 Apr. 2020 At the age of ninety-three, Wodehouse was finally knighted. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 25 May 2020 Tom knighted — but no word yet on official ceremony The 100-year-old hero fundraiser, Capt. NBC News, 21 May 2020 To thank them for saving her kingdom, Queen Alianor (Emilie Cocquerel) knighted the young novices as Lavinia looked on. Jean Bentley,, 20 Mar. 2020 So to be anointed in that way is like getting a blessing from the Pope or being knighted by the Queen. Dalton Ross,, 25 Nov. 2019 An archaeology student in the 1970s and a diver who spends his spare time on nautical archaeology projects, he was knighted by Spain in 1999 for his efforts in this case. Chad Lewis, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of knight


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for knight


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

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“Knight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of knight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of knight (Entry 2 of 2)

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


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Kids Definition of knight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a warrior of the Middle Ages who fought on horseback, served a king, held a special military rank, and swore to behave in a noble way
2 : a man honored for merit by a king or queen of England and ranking below a baronet
3 : one of the pieces in the game of chess

Other Words from knight

knightly adjective


knighted; knighting

Kids Definition of knight (Entry 2 of 2)

: to honor a man for merit by granting him the title of knight


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