- Dame Laura. 1887–1970, British painter, noted for her paintings of Gypsies, the ballet, and the circus
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- World History(in the Middle Ages) a mounted soldier serving under a lord or king and having an honorable rank.
- British Termsa man who is given a title of knighthood by a king, in Great Britain ranking next below a baronet.
- a member of any order or association that designates its members as knights:the Knights of Columbus.
- Chessa chess piece shaped like a horse's head.
v. [~ + object]
- to dub or make (a man) a knight:He was knighted by King Arthur himself.
- World Historya mounted soldier serving under a feudal superior in the Middle Ages.
- World History(in Europe in the Middle Ages) a man, usually of noble birth, who after an apprenticeship as page and squire was raised to honorable military rank and bound to chivalrous conduct.
- any person of a rank similar to that of the medieval knight.
- British Termsa man upon whom the nonhereditary dignity of knighthood is conferred by a sovereign because of personal merit or for services rendered to the country. In Great Britain he holds the rank next below that of a baronet, and the title Sir is prefixed to the Christian name, as in Sir John Smith.
- a member of any order or association that designates its members as knights.
- Chessa piece shaped like a horse's head, moved one square vertically and then two squares horizontally or one square horizontally and two squares vertically.
- Nautical, Naval Terms
- a short vertical timber having on its head a sheave through which running rigging is rove.
- any other fitting or erection bearing such a sheave.
- to dub or make (a man) a knight.
- bef. 900; Middle English; Old English cniht boy, manservant; cognate with German, Dutch knecht servant
Knight (nīt),USA pronunciation n.
- BiographicalEric, 1897–1943, U.S. novelist, born in England.
- (in medieval Europe) (originally) a person who served his lord as a mounted and heavily armed soldier
- (later) a gentleman invested by a king or other lord with the military and social standing of this rank
- (in modern times) a person invested by a sovereign with a nonhereditary rank and dignity usually in recognition of personal services, achievements, etc. A British knight bears the title Sir placed before his name, as in Sir Winston Churchill
- a chess piece, usually shaped like a horse's head, that moves either two squares horizontally and one square vertically or one square horizontally and two squares vertically
- a heroic champion of a lady or of a cause or principle
- a member of the Roman class of the equites
- (transitive) to make (a person) a knight; dub