Definitions for paladinˈpæl ə dɪn
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
pal•a•dinˈpæl ə dɪn(n.)
any of the 12 legendary peers or knightly champions in attendance on Charlemagne.
any knightly or heroic champion.
a determined advocate or defender of a cause.
Origin of paladin:
1585–95; < F < It paladino < LL palātīnus imperial functionary, n. use of adj.; see palatine
champion, fighter, hero, paladin(noun)
someone who fights for a cause
A heroic champion (especially a knightly one).
A defender or advocate of a noble cause. (A defender of faith).
Any of the twelve Companions of the court of Emperor Charlemagne.
a knight-errant; a distinguished champion; as, the paladins of Charlemagne
The paladins, sometimes known as the Twelve Peers, were the foremost warriors of Charlemagne's court, according to the literary cycle known as the Matter of France. They first appear in the early chansons de geste such as The Song of Roland, where they represent Christian martial valor against the Saracen hordes. The paladins and their associated exploits are largely later fictional inventions, with some basis on historical Frankish retainers of the 8th century and events such as the Battle of Roncevaux Pass and the confrontation of the Frankish Empire with Umayyad Al-Andalus in the Marca Hispanica. Paladins are also known as holy warriors.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the name given to the peers of Charlemagne, such as Roland, and also to knights-errant generally.
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