Other Word Forms of Knight
Origin of Knight
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 Middle English knighten, kniȝten, from the noun. Cognate with Middle High German knehten.
Middle English from Old English cniht
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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