\ ˈstēd How to pronounce steed (audio) \
plural steeds

Definition of steed

literary or humorous
: a horse used or trained for riding : a spirited horse The act opens with a princess on a white steed prancing about the ring.— Howard G. Chua-Eoan A 14th-century silk scroll elegantly depicts an elite … warrior brandishing a sword from his steed.Smithsonian Think of him [Napoléon Bonaparte] in [Jacques-Louis] David's portrait astride a fiery steed while he points his lance at the Alps.— Letitia Grierson In front of a corral of horses, we meet our designated wranglers, who match us up with a user-friendly steed.— Roberta Grant sometimes used figuratively for something (such as a bicycle or an automobile) being likened to a horse … an offseason of building new cars or getting their trusty old steed out of the barn … came down to this one moment. Race time.— Mark KaneOnce on your faithful steed, you can cycle pretty much anywhere alongside Amsterdam's famous canals …— Helen Coffey

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Synonyms for steed


equine, horse, nag

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Examples of steed in a Sentence

a brave knight and his noble steed the knight mounted his trusty steed

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One guest, set to arrive on a white horse la Bianca Jagger, settled for a pineapple emblazoned golf cart instead when her noble steed failed to show. Micaela English, Town & Country, "The Disco Ball," 4 Mar. 2013 Follow the adventures of a claustrophobic Cinderella, a noble steed who dreams of passing the bar exam, a cat named Kevin, and more in this fun and (mostly) truthful homage to the Brothers Grimm. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two musicals on tap this summer at The Box Theatre Co. in Oconomowoc," 25 June 2018 The 27 acre Village of Revel Grove comes to life each autumn with more than 200 professional performers on ten stages, authentic combat armored jousting on magnificent steeds and streets filled with village characters. Denisa Protani,, "Tickets for two The Maryland Renaissance Festival," 9 July 2018 But, instead of ever-moving hands, death on his steed stops time, his centrality and scale declaring victory. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "Intimations of Medieval Mortality," 29 June 2018 Taking their steeds through their paces and over the jumps were Melanie Liu aboard Chappy and Tonya Lee on her horse, Stitch. Jane Napier Neely,, "The Valley Line: She has unbridled enthusiasm for June LCF Chamber of Commerce mixer," 25 June 2018 WinStar Farm — 2,700 acres in the heart of Kentucky horse country with bronze steeds greeting visitors from atop two stone columns beside the gate— represents the old and the new of the racing industry. Childs Walker,, "Partnership behind Preakness favorite Justify reveals state of racing in 2018," 16 May 2018 Trail steeds get lighter but punch above their weight. Outside Online, "The Best Mountain Bikes of 2018," 15 May 2018 The park is big enough for a 12-mile horseback loop too, with rentals at Giant City Stables, or bring your own steed and stay at the park’s equestrian campground. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Built by the CCC, lodges in Illinois parks continue to serve as cozy getaways," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of steed

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for steed

Middle English stede, from Old English stēda stallion; akin to Old English stōd stud — more at stud

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The first known use of steed was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of steed

literary : a horse that a person rides


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Kids Definition of steed

: a usually lively horse

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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