The definition of a steed is a high-spirited horse.
A spirited horse that can be ridden is an example of a steed.
a horse, esp. a high-spirited riding horse: literary term
Origin of steedMiddle English stede from Old English steda, stud horse, stallion from base of stod, stud
- A horse, especially a spirited one.
- An animal used for riding: the use of camels as steeds.
- Informal A vehicle, especially one that is ridden astride such as a bicycle or motorcycle.
Origin of steedMiddle English stede from Old English stēda stallion ; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
- (archaic, poetic) A stallion, especially in the sense of mount.
- The studded bridle on a ragged bough
- Nimbly she fastens: -- O, how quick is love! --
- The steed is stalled up, and even now
- To tie the rider she begins to prove:
- Backward she push'd him, as she would be thrust,
- And govern'd him in strength, though not in lust. "” Shakespeare, "Venus and Adonis".
From Old English steda (“stallion, stud") (compare Old High German stuot (“herd of horses")).