: a man who behaves in a very brave way
The firefighter who rescued us was our knight in shining armor.
: a man who is the perfect romantic partner for a woman
She is still waiting for her knight in shining armor.
Recent Examples on the Web Descending steps from The Hole, the would-be savior looks less like a knight in shining armor than a waiter, in a white UNTUCKit shirt and black trousers. —Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 30 Mar. 2023 Throughout that prolific history, she’s often kidnapped by the villainous Bowser, king of the rival Koopa Kingdom to Peach’s Mushroom Kingdom, and needs rescuing from Mario, a working-class, blue-collar plumber reimagined as a knight in shining armor for the industrial age. —Gene Park, Washington Post, 28 May 2017
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