\ 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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Examples of steed in a Sentence

a brave knight and his noble steed the knight mounted his trusty steed
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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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19 Mar 2021

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“Steed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of steed

literary : a horse that a person rides


\ ˈstēd How to pronounce steed (audio) \

Kids Definition of steed

: a usually lively horse

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