\ ˈnīt How to pronounce knight (audio) \

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

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Examples of knight in a Sentence


He was made a knight.


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ser Brienne is seen seated before the Book of Brothers, also known as The White Book, which details the achievements of knights of the Kingsguard. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Brienne Meme Is the Best Thing to Come Out of the Game of Thrones Finale," 20 May 2019 Arya clearly declined said protection, but Sansa was happy to have Bre around, acting as her personal knight. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "13 'Game of Thrones' Questions We Still Have After the Finale," 20 May 2019 Jaime didn’t knight Brienne because of a crush, and anyone seeing that interaction as foreplay is completely missing the point. Courtney Shea, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brienne of Tarth Lives—And Gwendoline Christie Has Some Thoughts About that Love Triangle," 6 May 2019 On Wednesday the indomitable stickman (and rock’s latest knight of the realm) launched his first European tour in seven years at the L’Olympia theatre in Paris — where the Beatles first played in January 1964. Jordan Runtagh,, "Ringo Starr Announces New Book of Photos Offering an Intimate Glimpse into His Legendary Life," 6 June 2018 What Team Christian Is Saying: Take me into the dark knight. Danielle Mcnally, Marie Claire, "Welcome to March Dadness," 22 Mar. 2019 Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, no knight in shining armor, is tepid on this national emergency business. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “They Try to Take You Out with Bullshit”," 3 Mar. 2019 Current members include Princes William, Charles, Andrew, and Edward, and Princess Anne, among other knights. Rose Minutaglio, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Kate Middleton Weren't at the Order of the Garter Service," 18 June 2018 Watch an extended version of the commercial here: The menacing knight, The Mountain (played by Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) makes a cameo in the ad. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Just Recreated That Scene with The Mountain for a Super Bowl Ad," 4 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

He was knighted in France and in England and had 12 authoring doctorates. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, "How Sackler Became the Most Toxic Name in Philanthropy," 16 May 2019 See the stars who’ve managed to impress (bows down) Her Majesty The Beatle was knighted by Prince William for his contributions to music. Diana Pearl,, "Stars with Titles: A Who's Who of the Knights and Dames of Hollywood," 20 Mar. 2018 Lauren is expected to be knighted at a celebration in the New Year. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Ralph Lauren Receives an Honorary Knighthood From the United Kingdom," 14 Nov. 2018 Mark Rowley, former assistant commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police Service and a key figure in Britain's fight against terrorism, was knighted for his services to policing. Laura Smith-spark, CNN, "Actress Emma Thompson made a dame in Queen's birthday honors list," 8 June 2018 Knighthood Michael Caine The Dark Knight star was yes, knighted, in 2000. Vogue, "Emma Thompson, Mick Jagger, and All the Celebrities Knighted by the British Royal Family," 7 Nov. 2018 The French knight Jean de Maingre, for example, could climb up the underside of a ladder using only his hands while in full armor. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Overloaded Soldier: Why U.S. Infantry Now Carry More Weight Than Ever," 26 Dec. 2018 In 1999, he was made a Commander of the British Empire and was knighted in 2003. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Roger Moore's daughter shares memories of growing up with James Bond star," 10 July 2018 He’s now Sir Barry Gibb after Prince Charles knighted him at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London. Erin Ben-moche,, "Knight fever: It's now Sir Barry Gibb to you," 26 June 2018

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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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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


\ ˈnīt How to pronounce knight (audio) \

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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