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Definitions of knight

  1. invest with knighthood; make of knight of
  2. a chessman in the shape of a horse's head; can move two squares horizontally and one vertically ( or vice versa)
  3. raise ( someone) to knighthood; " The Beatles were knighted"
  4. originally a person of noble birth trained to arms and chivalry; today in Great Britain a person honored by the sovereign for personal merit
  5. A young servant or follower; a military attendant.
  6. In feudal times, a man- at- arms serving on horseback and admitted to a certain military rank with special ceremonies, including an oath to protect the distressed, maintain the right, and live a stainless life.
  7. One on whom knighthood, a dignity next below that of baronet, is conferred by the sovereign, entitling him to be addressed as Sir; as, Sir John.
  8. A champion; a partisan; a lover.
  9. A piece used in the game of chess, usually bearing a horse's head.
  10. A playing card bearing the figure of a knight; the knave or jack.
  11. To dub or create ( one) a knight; - done in England by the sovereign only, who taps the kneeling candidate with a sword, saying: Rise, Sir --.
  12. One who holds rank next below a baronet, giving him the title Sir; in the Middle Ages, one of high birth, who, after serving as an esquire, was admitted to military rank; a champion; lover; one of the pieces in chess.
  13. To confer the honor of knighthood upon.
  14. A man- at- arms: champion: one admitted in feudal times to a certain military rank: the rank of gentlemen next below baronets: a piece used in the game of chess.
  15. To create a knight.
  16. KNIGHTLY.
  17. Man of a certain feudal rank; member of one of certain orders; a title of honor; piece in chess.
  18. To confer knighthood upon.
  19. Anciently, a gentleman trained to arms; hence, a champion.
  20. The holder of a title next below that of baronet.
  21. A non- hereditary title of honour, conferred by the sovereign, which gives the distinctive appellation of Sir before the Christian name; in feudal times, one admitted by peculiar ceremonies to a certain military rank; a champion; a military attendant; a chess- piece with a horse's head.
  22. To dub or create a knight. Knights of the Shire, the representatives of a county in Parliament.
  23. A title of rank next below that of a baronet, with the privilege of prefixing to the Christian name Sir, as " Sir John," " Sir James;" anciently, a young man admitted to the privilege of bearing arms, or to military rank.
  24. To dub or create a knight, which is done by the sovereign, or the high officer acting in her name, giving the person to be knighted, who kneels at the ceremony, a touch with a sword, while the words are uttered, " Rise, Sir James," or " Sir John," as the person's name may be.
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Usage examples for knight

  1. " When they had finished it all, the knight said to the king- of- arms: " 'You have arranged the battle, and you are here on Tirant's behalf. – The White Knight: Tirant lo Blanc by Joanot Martorell and Marti Johan d'Galba
  2. The other will leaves Lyveden every penny, provided he becomes a Knight." – Anthony Lyveden by Dornford Yates
  3. With what tender anxiety the knight gazed into Cordula's pale face! – In The Fire Of The Forge, Volume 7. by Georg Ebers
  4. What were the duties of a knight? – Introductory American History by Henry Eldridge Bourne Elbert Jay Benton
  5. I see a youth of gentle blood who will become a brave knight, and will better his condition by marriage. – At Agincourt by G. A. Henty
  6. " Knight to bishop's third," said Hoskins softly. – Breaking Point by James E. Gunn
  7. A Christian knight is ready to help all women, be they young or old, rich or poor, plain or pretty. – Fairy Tales from the German Forests by Margaret Arndt
  8. The knight meanwhile, left in full possession of the field, waited for a moment until the laughter and applause had died away into curiosity. – Betty Wales Freshman by Edith K. Dunton
  9. He was a knight of St Louis. – The Physiology of Taste by Brillat Savarin
  10. And that shall be taken into consideration; write it down, Gilliflower; who made your Husband a Knight, Woman? – The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) by Aphra Behn
  11. How comes it, noble knight, that thou art so poor? – Dramatic Reader for Lower Grades by Florence Holbrook
  12. The friends of the new knight were inclined to banter him, and proposed his health at a dinner in facetious terms. – Collections and Recollections by George William Erskine Russell
  13. Get me the Space Knight! – Treachery in Outer Space by Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman
  14. But she was more to me than any princess to any knight. – Romance by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  15. " And this knight was-" interrupted John. – A Boy's Ride by Gulielma Zollinger
  16. The knight, riding up to Crabshaw, with equal surprise and concern, asked what had brought him there? – The Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smollett
  17. Would you be my knight, then you must meet nations in a combat in which small praise and less honor are to be won. – Jewish Literature and Other Essays by Gustav Karpeles
  18. The waves leaped pleasantly on the great rock called the Armed Knight, and even the breakers on Whicksand Bay were not angry, as is usually the case on this wild coast. – The Birthright by Joseph Hocking
  19. What will ye do, Sir knight? – The Legends Of King Arthur And His Knights by James Knowles
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