\ 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 To commemorate Napoleon’s victory over Austria at the Battle of Marengo, David painted him charging up a mountain on a piebald steed, right arm pointing skyward, trademark bicorne on his head, cool and cocksure as his horse bucks its front heels. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Two Napoleons in Brooklyn, One in Timberlands," 12 Feb. 2020 The steed of choice for an aspiring adventurer isn't a horse but rather an Econoline van with a sick unicorn painted on its sides. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Onward film review: Pixar rolls a 20, nails homage to D&D-styled adventure," 6 Mar. 2020 The North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, rode the white steed through snowy fields, galloping between dusted trees, pausing for an aw-shucks-I’m-on-a-horse smile at the camera., "The North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, rode the white steed through snowy fields, galloping between dusted trees, pausing for an aw-shucks-I’m-on-a-horse smile at the camera. His servants in the state media said Wednesday that his eyes “were full of noble glitters.”," 17 Oct. 2019 As Oestricher desperately fought to maintain control of his wild steed, the situation became increasingly dire as the YF-16 began to veer to the left. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "That Time When the F-16 Accidentally Had Its First Flight," 23 Jan. 2020 The family donkey who was the mighty steed to his army., "Joseph E. Beaudry Jr.," 6 Oct. 2019 Though none of that legislation came to fruition, Tallchief was the first Native American to receive billing equal to Tom Mix’s favorite steed, Tony the Wonder Horse. Jennifer Crittenden, The New Yorker, "The Path-Less-Travelled Hollywood Cemetery Tour," 11 Jan. 2020 Throbbing veins on a raging steed are warlike, but the rider’s exposed knee, framed by the frayed denim threads of his pant leg, seems vulnerable, even in bronze. Kriston Capps, The New Yorker, "Kehinde Wiley’s Anti-Confederate Memorial," 24 Dec. 2019 Favorite horse: Bucephalus, the mighty steed of Alexander the Great. René A. Guzman,, "Meet two carriage horse stars of San Antonio’s downtown carriage ride scene," 19 Dec. 2019

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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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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Steed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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