\ˈstēd \

Definition of steed 

: horse especially : a spirited horse (as for war)

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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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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 According to a 2009 Science study, the cramped form uncouples the jockey’s movements from that of their steed and keeps the rider steady. Lacy Schley, Discover Magazine, "Digging Into Derby Day," 8 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

: a horse that a person rides


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Kids Definition of steed

: a usually lively horse

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evasion of direct action or statement

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