knight


knight
knight [nīt]
n.
[ME kniht < OE cniht, boy, retainer, akin to Ger knecht, lad, servant < IE * gnegh-: for base see KNEAD]
1. in the Middle Ages,
a) 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
b) 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
2. 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
3. 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
5. Old Poet.
a) a lady's devoted champion or attendant
b) 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
vt.
to make (a man) a knight

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  • Knight — Knight, n. [OE. knight, cniht, knight, soldier, AS. cniht, cneoht, a boy, youth, attendant, military follower; akin to D. & G. knecht servant; perh. akin to E. kin.] 1. A young servant or follower; a military attendant. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knight — knight·age; knight; knight·ess; knight·ful·ly; knight·hood; knight·ia; knight·li·hood; knight·li·ness; knight·ling; rad·knight; rod·knight; knight·ly; Knight; …   English syllables

  • Knight XV — на Викискладе …   Википедия

  • knight|ly — «NYT lee», adjective, adverb. –adj. 1. of or like a knight; brave, generous, and courteous; chivalrous: »knightly courage. SYNONYM(S): noble. 2. belonging to or appropriate to a knight: »a knightly sword, knightly deeds. 3. consisting or composed …   Useful english dictionary

  • knight — ► NOUN 1) (in the Middle Ages) a man raised to honourable military rank after service as a page and squire. 2) (in the UK) a man awarded a non hereditary title by the sovereign and entitled to use ‘Sir’ in front of his name. 3) a chess piece,… …   English terms dictionary

  • Knight — Knight, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Knighted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Knighting}.] 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 . [1913 Webster] A soldier, by the honor …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Knight — [nait] der; s, s <aus engl. knight »Ritter«, dies aus mittelengl. knight »Knabe« (verwandt mit dt. Knecht)> die nicht erbliche, unterste Stufe des engl. Adels …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • Knight [1] — Knight (engl., spr. nait, vom angelsächs. cniht, »Knecht«), in England soviel wie Ritter. Das Wort findet sich seit dem 10. Jahrh., nachdem sich aus der frühern Gefolgschaft der angelsächsischen Könige ein erblicher Stand von Grundbesitzern… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Knight — (engl., spr. neit, das deutsche Wort Knecht), Ritter; die unterste und älteste Stufe der persönlichen Ritterwürde, die des Knight bachelor (spr. bättschĕlĕr), ist seit 1660 bloßer Titel mit dem Prädikat »Sir« …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Knight [1] — Knight (engl., spr. Neiht), 1) der Knecht; 2) in England so v.w. Ritter, so K. Bachelours (spr. Neit Bätschelohrs), die unterste Stufe der versönlichen Ritterwürde; K. Bannerets (spr. Neit Bennerets), Bannerherr, eine Würde, welche eigentlich nur …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon


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