Definition of Knight in English :

Define Knight in English

Knight meaning in English

Meaning of Knight in English

Pronunciation of Knight in English

Knight pronunciation in English

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1. knight

originally a person of noble birth trained to arms and chivalry; today in Great Britain a person honored by the sovereign for personal merit

2. horse, knight

a chessman shaped to resemble the head of a horse; can move two squares horizontally and one vertically (or vice versa)


3. dub, knight

raise (someone) to knighthood

Example Sentences:
'The Beatles were knighted'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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1. (in medieval Europe)
(originally) a person who served his lord as a mounted and heavily armed soldier
(later) a gentleman invested by a king or other lord with the military and social standing of this rank
(in modern times) a man invested by a sovereign with a nonhereditary rank and dignity usually in recognition of personal services, achievements, etc. A British knight bears the title Sir placed before his name, as in Sir Winston Churchill
a chess piece, usually shaped like a horse's head, that moves either two squares horizontally and one square vertically or one square horizontally and two squares vertically
a heroic champion of a lady or of a cause or principle
a member of the Roman class of the equites
6. (transitive)
to make (a person) a knight; dub
Dame Laura. 1887–1970, British painter, noted for her paintings of Gypsies, the ballet, and the circus

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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
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
an ancient Roman, Athenian, etc. whose status is regarded as equivalent to that of a knight
4.  [usually K-]
a member of any order or society that officially calls its members knights
a lady's devoted champion or attendant
a devoted follower of some cause, person, etc.
6.  Chess
a piece usually shaped like a horse's head: it is moved one square, whether occupied or unoccupied, in any vertical or horizontal direction, and then one square farther diagonally
verb transitive
to make (a man) a knight

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see synonyms of knight
a. A medieval tenant giving military service as a mounted man-at-arms to a feudal landholder.
b. A medieval gentleman-soldier, usually high-born, raised by a sovereign to privileged military status after training as a page and squire.
c. A man holding a nonhereditary title conferred by a sovereign in recognition of personal merit or service to the country.
2. A man belonging to an order or brotherhood.
a. A defender, champion, or zealous upholder of a cause or principle.
b. The devoted champion of a lady.
4. Abbr. Kt or N 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.
tr.v. knight·ed, knight·ing, knights
To raise (a person) to knighthood.

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