pal·​a·​din | \ ˈpa-lə-dən How to pronounce paladin (audio) \

Definition of paladin

1 : a trusted military leader (as for a medieval prince)
2 : a leading champion of a cause

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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.

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an idealistic paladin seeking better treatment for the homeless
Recent Examples on the Web President Donald Trump, who has seized on the protests to recast himself as a paladin of order, said in tweet Tuesday afternoon that the incursion was reason to bring soldiers into the city. Max Abelson,, "NYC Businesses Already Hit by Covid Now Must Reopen Amid Rubble," 3 June 2020 The more productive theater of the Chicken Sandwich War has played out among Twitter's paladins, with random users dragging Bojangles' and invoking the unassailable opinions of the ultimate chicken sandwich deciders: their grandmothers. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Brands are beefing about who has the best chicken sandwich, and it's a mess," 20 Aug. 2019 Her first character was a priest of Mystra in the 2nd Edition, and her favorite character is a 3.5 Edition half-dragon monk that is now a paladin. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "WWE Superstar Ember Moon is coming to Gen Con to play Dungeons & Dragons," 5 Aug. 2018 In Book One: A Journey Through the Heavens, a hidden celestial kingdom faces its greatest adversary as a paladin from beyond the blue uncovers a secret that could unravel their very existence. Tara Knight, The Root, "Beyond the Blue," 13 May 2018 In short order, this and his agrarian subject matter combined with a national mood of restive nostalgia to make Wood a paladin—routinely yoked with the Missourian Thomas Hart Benton and the Kansan John Steuart Curry—of anti-modernist regionalism. Steven Strogatz, The New Yorker, "Beyond “American Gothic”," 5 Mar. 2018 Vampire Weekend paladin Rostam Batmanglij, and Twin Shadow’s George Lewis Jr. Carl Wilson, Slate Magazine, "On Haim’s New Album Something to Tell You, the Band of Sisters Is Better Than Ever," 10 July 2017 The author provides valuable information about John Quincy Adams as an antislavery paladin, but his treatment of Lincoln constitutes a superficial, misleading and often inaccurate caricature. Michael Burlingame, WSJ, "Lincoln’s Road to Emancipation," 4 July 2017 Once in the lead, the Bulldogs' Burns shut the door on the Paladins and snapped Furman's 11-game SoCon winning streak. Samford Athletics,, "Samford baseball travels to Tennessee for pivotal weekend series at ETSU," 11 May 2017

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First Known Use of paladin

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for paladin

Middle French, from Italian paladino, from Old French palatin, from Medieval Latin palatinus courtier, from Late Latin, imperial official — more at palatine

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“Paladin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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