Definition of paladin in English:

paladin

Line breaks: pala|din
Pronunciation: /ˈpalədɪn
 
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noun

historical
  • 1Any of the twelve peers of Charlemagne’s court, of whom the Count Palatine was the chief.
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    • In Charlemagne's court, there are twelve legendary paladins who serve their king.
    • He knew those legends well, as well as he knew the legends of Roland and the twelve paladins, and he would be intrigued by the retelling.
    • Tales of the paladins of Charlemagne once rivalled the stories of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table in popularity.
  • 1.1A knight renowned for heroism and chivalry.
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    • He would tell them epic tales of noble knights, paladins, warriors, and samurai.
    • He was also standing among a war party of almost thirty knights, paladins, and mages.
    • Since he could not be everywhere, especially in the continuous crisis of wartime, Hitler had to encourage self-reliance and independence, both in his paladins and in the regional chieftains, the Gauleiter.

Origin

late 16th century: from French paladin, from Italian paladino, from Latin palatinus '(officer) of the palace' (see palatine1).

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