Teutonic Order. (n.d.). In YourDictionary. Retrieved from https://www.yourdictionary.com/teutonic-order
An order of German knights, priests, and lay brothers founded in the late 1100s that sought to expand Christendom through missions and conquest and built numerous towns which it then governed as nobility. After being defeated by Poles and Lithuanians at the battle of Grunwald (1410), its strength waned, and today it survives as a charitable clerical organization.