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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 aforementioned Max von Sydow goes medieval in the aforementioned Ingmar Bergman’s fantastical 1957 fable about a knight returning home from the Crusades. Matt Cooperlistings Coordinator, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2022 Finally, a decade in, a feistier knight emerged, Paul Volcker. French Hill And Amity Shlaes, WSJ, 29 July 2022 The first was a series based on his relatively lighthearted Dunk and Egg novellas, which follow a knight who wanders Westeros with a young squire. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 July 2022 High school plus an evil knight threatening to destroy magic? Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 19 July 2022 Everyone’s favorite panda Po, voiced by Jack Black, returns to team up with an Enligh knight on a perilous quest to rescue magical weapons, restore reputations and save the world (again). Olivia Mccormack, Washington Post, 14 July 2022 Legendary warrior Po teams up with an elite English knight on a global quest to rescue magical weapons, restore his reputation — and save the world! Jacob Siegal, BGR, 10 July 2022 The outlaw knight Beric Dondarrion—who Thoros has resurrected numerous times—gives up his lifeforce to raise Catelyn instead. Erik Kain, Forbes, 10 July 2022 The chess puzzle could be recast as a graph where each knight can move to a neighboring unoccupied space, and a solution could be seen more easily. New York Times, 5 July 2022 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 See More

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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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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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