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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. (in the Middle Ages) a mounted soldier serving under a feudal superior. a man, usu. of noble birth, who after serving as page and squire was raised to honorable military rank and bound to chivalrous conduct.

    Category: Western History

  2. any person of a rank similar to that of the medieval knight.

  3. a man upon whom nonhereditary knighthood is conferred by a sovereign, in Great Britain ranking next below a baronet.

    Category: British

  4. a member of any association that designates its members as knights.

  5. a chess piece shaped like a horse's head, moved one square vertically and then two squares horizontally or one square horizontally and two squares vertically.

    Category: Checkers and Chess

  6. (v.t.)to dub or make (a man) a knight.

Origin of knight:

bef. 900; ME; OE cniht boy, manservant; c. OHG kneht

Princeton's WordNet

  1. knight(noun)

    originally a person of noble birth trained to arms and chivalry; today in Great Britain a person honored by the sovereign for personal merit

  2. knight, horse(verb)

    a chessman shaped to resemble the head of a horse; can move two squares horizontally and one vertically (or vice versa)

  3. knight, dub(verb)

    raise (someone) to knighthood

    "The Beatles were knighted"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. knight(noun)ˈaɪt

    in the past, a soldier on a horse

    a knight in armor

  2. knightˈaɪt

    a chess piece like a horse

    Move your knight here.

  3. knightˈaɪt

    in the UK, a man with the title of Sir

    He was made a knight.


  1. Knight(ProperNoun)

    An English status surname for someone who was a mounted soldier.

  2. Origin: knyghte from cniht, youth or servant

Webster Dictionary

  1. Knight(noun)

    a young servant or follower; a military attendant

  2. Knight(noun)

    in feudal times, a man-at-arms serving on horseback and admitted to a certain military rank with special ceremonies, including an oath to protect the distressed, maintain the right, and live a stainless life

  3. Knight(noun)

    one on whom knighthood, a dignity next below that of baronet, is conferred by the sovereign, entitling him to be addressed as Sir; as, Sir John

  4. Knight(noun)

    a champion; a partisan; a lover

  5. Knight(noun)

    a piece used in the game of chess, usually bearing a horse's head

  6. Knight(noun)

    a playing card bearing the figure of a knight; the knave or jack

  7. Knight(verb)

    to dub or create (one) a knight; -- done in England by the sovereign only, who taps the kneeling candidate with a sword, saying: Rise, Sir ---


  1. Knight

    A knight is a person granted an honorary title of knighthood by a monarch or other political leader for service to the monarch or country, especially in a military capacity. Historically, in Europe, knighthood has been conferred upon mounted warriors. During the High Middle Ages, knighthood was considered a class of lower nobility. By the Late Middle Ages, the rank had become associated with the ideals of chivalry, a code of conduct for the perfect courtly Christian warrior. Since the Early Modern period, the title of knight is purely honorific, usually bestowed by a monarch, as in the British honours system, often for non-military service to the country. Historically, the ideals of chivalry were popularized in medieval literature, especially the Matter of Britain and Matter of France, the former based on Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae, written in the 1130s. Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, written in 1485, was important in defining the ideal of chivalry which is essential to the modern concept of the knight as an elite warrior sworn to uphold the values of faith, loyalty, courage, and honour. During the Renaissance, the genre of chivalric romance became popular in literature, growing ever more idealistic and eventually giving rise to a new form of realism in literature popularised by Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote. This novel explored the ideals of knighthood and their incongruity with the reality of Cervantes' world. In the late medieval period, new methods of warfare began to render classical knights in armour obsolete, but the titles remained in many nations.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'knight' in Nouns Frequency: #2651

Translations for knight

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


in earlier times, a man of noble birth who is trained to fight, especially on horseback

King Arthur and his knights.

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