Definition of knight in English:
- 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.
- 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.
- Cumberland, like the other counties, sent two knights of the shire to Parliament.
- The sort of men who got themselves chosen to be knights of the shire in the late thirteenth century were exactly the sort of men who always had attended the great political assemblies.
- He was knight of the shire for Kent in 1386 and probably lived in Kent for most of the rest of his life.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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- 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 armour (or knight on a white charger)
- An idealized or chivalrous man who comes to the rescue of a woman in a difficult situation.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 travelling sales representative, tramp, or (formerly) a highwayman.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', of West Germanic origin; 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.
To Anglo-Saxons knight meant ‘boy, youth, or servant’, but in medieval times this developed into a name for a man of honourable military rank. Knights in traditional stories are rescuers of people in danger or distress, giving us a knight in shining armour. A white knight is, in Stock Exchange language, a person or company that makes an acceptable counter-offer for a company facing a hostile takeover bid from a black knight. A 17th-century highwayman might be called ironically a knight of the road. The phrase has survived into the modern language as a jokey term for someone like a sales representative or a lorry driver who habitually travels the roads. See also damsel, err, page, esquire
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