\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Rather than the image of a slender Galadriel dressed in her ethereal gossamer gown that Peter Jackson chose for his Tolkien trilogies, the Lady of Lothlórien was instead portrayed charging a field atop her steed, clad in full armor. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 19 Feb. 2022 The bronze, which shows legendary jockey Bill Shoemaker on the galloping steed, once occupied pride of place at the old Hollywood Park Racetrack. Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2022 The rest of Marie’s biography is an open conjecture, and Groff rides into that lacuna on a noble steed. Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2021 The camper Steinbeck named Rocinante, after Don Quixote’s steed, has found a home at the center. Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2022 Maybe players will commandeer their own steed as a horse-like mount and chase the target. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 14 Feb. 2022 The first was in November 1996 and was soon dropped after Lee reportedly wooed her with romantic gestures that included riding up to their Malibu home atop a white steed. Matt Brennan, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2022 Charlotte Casiraghi, the Monégasque princess and granddaughter of Hollywood legend Grace Kelly, opened the show by riding down the runway on her steed, the eight-year-old Spanish bay horse, Kuskus, much to the audience’s delight at the Grand Palais. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 25 Jan. 2022 This tradition, however, also gave way to their participation on a steed as well, in a Mexican federated sport called escaramuza., 10 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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“Steed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of steed

: a usually lively horse

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