Teutonic-order meaning

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.
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(proper) A military and religious order of German knights (Teutonic Knights) organized in 1191 for service in the Crusades and later active in the military conquests by Germany of Baltic and Slavic lands.
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