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knight

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noun \ ˈnīt \

Definition of knight

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 :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 in a Sentence

  1. He was made a knight.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

verb

Definition of knight

transitive verb
:to make a knight of

Examples of knight in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of knight

13th century



KNIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

knight

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noun

Definition of knight for English Language Learners

  • : 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


knight

verb

Definition of knight for English Language Learners

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


KNIGHT Defined for Kids

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knight

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noun \ ˈnīt \

Definition of knight for Students

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

knightly

adjective

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knight

verb

Definition of knight for Students

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


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