Knight meaning

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To make (a man) a knight.
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(chess) A piece usually shaped like a horse's head: it is moved two squares, whether occupied or unoccupied, in any vertical or horizontal direction, and then one square to the side.
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A man belonging to an order or brotherhood.
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(card games, dated) A playing card bearing the figure of a knight; the knave or jack.
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To raise (a person) to knighthood.
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In Great Britain, a man who for some achievement is given honorary nonhereditary rank next below a baronet, entitling him to use Sir before his given name.
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A member of any order or society that officially calls its members knights.
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(chess) 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.
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To confer knighthood upon.

The king knighted the young squire.

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An English status surname for someone who was a mounted soldier.
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In the Middle Ages,
  • A military servant of a king or other feudal superior; tenant holding land on condition that he serve his superior as a mounted man-at-arms.
  • Later, a man, usually one of high birth, who after serving as page and squire was formally raised to special military rank and pledged to chivalrous conduct.
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An ancient Roman, Athenian, etc. whose status is regarded as equivalent to that of a knight.
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A warrior, especially of the Middle Ages.

King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

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A young servant or follower; a military attendant.
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In the middle ages a knight was defined as a nobleman who served a king as a mounted man-of-arms; but today, a knight is used to refer to someone who has been honored by the monarch of England for their achievements.

An example of a knight was Sir Lancelot, who was a knight in King Arthur's Court.

An example of a knight is Sir Elton John, who was knighted by the Queen of England.

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The definition of knight is to give someone the honor of being called "knight."

When the queen of England honored Sir Elton John for his contributions to music and made him a "knight," this is an example of the Queen doing the act of knighting him.

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Nowadays, a person on whom a knighthood has been conferred by a monarch.
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(chess) To promote (a pawn) to a knight.
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(games) A chess piece, usually in the shape of a horse's head, that can be moved two squares along a rank and one along a file or two squares along a file and one along a rank. The knight is the only piece that can jump other pieces to land on an open square.
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Origin of knight

  • Middle English from Old English cniht

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English knight, kniht, from Old English cniht, cneht, cneoht (“boy, youth, servant, attendant, retainer, disciple, warrior, boyhood, junior member of a guild”), from Proto-Germanic *knehtaz (compare Dutch knecht (“attendant, servant”), German Knecht (“lad, slave”)), originally ‘billet (wood), block of wood’ (compare Dutch laarzeknecht (“boot-jack”), dialectal German Knüchtel (“bat, club”), from Proto-Indo-European *gnegʰ-, from *gen- ‘to ball up, pinch, compress’.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English knighten, kniȝten, from the noun. Cognate with Middle High German knehten.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English knyghte from Old English cniht, youth or servant

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