- 1(In the Middle Ages) a man who served his sovereign or lord as a mounted soldier in armor.More example sentences
- The crossbow was really the first hand-held weapon that could be used by an untrained soldier to injure or kill a knight in plate armour.
- In 1118 he invaded Egypt, with a tiny army of only 216 knights and 400 foot soldiers.
- The primary service was military duty as a mounted knight.
- 1.1(In the Middle Ages) a man raised by a sovereign to honorable military rank after service as a page and squire.More example sentences
- This permanent body of knights, squires and other laymen was now more often centred on the chamber, the more private space around the ruler, rather than the large communal hall.
- England's wars, waged successfully by humble bowmen as well as knights and noblemen, created among all ranks a self-confidence that warmed English hearts.
- In return for this, William generously made the great English earl a Norman knight.
- 1.2 • literary A man devoted to the service of a woman or a cause: in all your quarrels I will be your knightMore example sentences
- He would become her knight and devote himself to her service, though his passion for her would rarely be consummated.
- In other words, the colors red and white seem to represent the knight and his female beloved, respectively.
- He was offering himself as my protector, my knight, and it moved me deeply.
- 1.3 • dated (In ancient Rome) a member of the class of equites.More example sentences
- The knight or Miles was the lowest of the military elite, a well equipped and well trained fighting man similar to the Saxon thegn or huscarl.
- 2(In the UK) a man awarded a nonhereditary title by the sovereign in recognition of merit or service and entitled to use the honorific “Sir” in front of his name.More example sentences
- Counts, knights, barons and marquesses gathered in the guilded ballroom of the hotel to mark the focal event of the aristocratic social calendar.
- In 1925 Asquith accepted a peerage as Earl of Oxford and Asquith and was created a knight of the garter shortly afterwards.
- The order became defunct with the death of its last knight, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, in 1974.
- 3A chess piece, typically with its top shaped like a horse’s head, that moves by jumping to the opposite corner of a rectangle two squares by three.More example sentences
- In chess, if you move your knight on to a pawn's square, the pawn's a goner.
- Indeed, the knight is the only chess piece that covers an asymmetrical pattern of squares.
- The next day we see one grandmaster leaving a knight unprotected and another thrusting his pawn to a sure death.
verb[with object] (usually be knighted) Back to top
- Invest (someone) with the title of knight.More example sentences
- He was knighted in 2003 for services to public life in Scotland.
- He was knighted in 1979 for services to disabled people and died in 1982.
- He was knighted for services to nursing and the NHS in the Queen's Birthday Honours last year.
knight in shining armor (or knight on a white charger)
- An idealized or chivalrous man who comes to the rescue of a woman in a difficult situation.More example sentences
- Unlike many would-be damsels in distress, I never imagined myself being rescued by a knight in shining armor.
- Theirs is a fairy-tale romance, with her knowing from the beginning that they are fated to be together, and him coming to her rescue like a knight in shining armor.
- If he had known, why hadn't he ridden in like some knight in shining armor and rescued her?
knight of the road
- • informal A man who frequents the roads, for example, a traveling salesman, a vagrant, or (formerly) a highwayman.More example sentences
- It began with the hauliers, those mild-mannered knights of the road who would no more dream of driving aggressively than of cancelling their subscription to New Internationalist magazine.
- However, the true attitude of these knights of the road was explained by one cabbie last week.
Old English cniht 'boy, youth, servant'; related to Dutch knecht and German Knecht. sense 2 of the noun dates from the mid 16th century; the uses relating to Greek and Roman history derive from comparison with medieval knights.