knight

A knight (warrior).

Meanings

Noun

  • A young servant or follower; a trained military attendant in service of a lord.
  • A minor nobleman with an honourable military rank who had served as a page and squire.
  • An armored and mounted warrior of the Middle Ages.
  • A person on whom a knighthood has been conferred by a monarch.
  • A brave, chivalrous and honorable man devoted to a noble cause or love interest.
  • A chess piece, often in the shape of a horse's head, that is moved two squares in one direction and one at right angles to that direction in a single move, leaping over any intervening pieces.
  • A playing card bearing the figure of a knight; the knave or jack.
  • Any of various nymphalid butterflies of the genus Ypthima (genus).
  • A generic name for various mushrooms belonging to the order Agaricales, the gilled mushrooms; scientific name Tricholoma.

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Origin

  • From Middle English knight, knyght, kniht, from Old English cniht ("boy, servant"), from Proto-West Germanic *kneht.
  • From Middle English knighten, kni»Ěten, from the noun. Cognate with Middle High German knehten.

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