plural steeds
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 Kane
Once on your faithful steed, you can cycle pretty much anywhere alongside Amsterdam's famous canals …Helen Coffey

Examples of steed in a Sentence

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


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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Steed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: horse entry 1 sense 1a
especially : a lively horse

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