Definition of paladin
1 : a trusted military leader (as for a medieval prince)
2 : a leading champion of a cause
Examples of paladin in a sentence
<an idealistic paladin seeking better treatment for the homeless>
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In ancient Rome, the emperor's palace was located on the Palatine Hill, known as "Palatium" in Latin. Since the site was the seat of imperial power, the word palatium came to mean "imperial" and later "imperial official." Different forms of the word passed through Latin, Italian, and French, picking up various meanings along the way, until eventually some of those forms made their way into English. "Paladin" is one of the etymological heirs of "palatium"; another descendant is the word palace.
Origin and Etymology of paladin
Medieval French, from Italian paladino, from Old French palatin, from Medieval Latin palatinus courtier, from Late Latin, imperial official — more at palatine
First Known Use: 1592
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