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destrier Line breaks: dest|rier
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛstrɪə/

Definition of destrier in English:


A medieval knight’s warhorse.
Example sentences
  • In her ground-breaking work on the medieval warhorse, Ann Hyland notes the importance of ‘destriers [warhorses], coursers, rounceys, palfrey and packhorses’.
  • As to your comment about horses, there were all different sizes - knights and kings typically rode the massive destriers, but their pages and attendants frequently rode the smaller palfreys.
  • However, the one demonstration he excelled at was portraying a knight's destrier (the Latin term for a warhorse).


Middle English: from Old French, based on Latin dextera 'the right hand', from dexter 'on the right' (because the squire led the knight's horse with his right hand).

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