Definition of knight errant in English:

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knight errant

Pronunciation: /ˈnīt ˈerənt/

noun (plural knights errant)

A medieval knight wandering in search of chivalrous adventures.
Example sentences
  • At last, Don Quijote decides to seek honor and glory and fulfill his duty (to right wrongs), and become an actual knight errant.
  • After years of obsessively reading books of chivalry, his mind finally snaps and he decides to become an actual knight errant like those in the tales he has read.
  • A favourite subject of literature and folklore, at one extreme he appears as a knight errant, driven on by a desire for honour and sense of adventure, while at the other he is a bully and a braggart.



Pronunciation: /ˈnīt ˈerəntrē/
Example sentences
  • Together with his absurd cowardly squire Crabshaw, and his horse Bronzomarte, the half-mad Launcelot undertakes a quixotic life of knight-errantry, warring against the enemies of virtue and reason.
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