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knight /naɪt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. World History(in the Middle Ages) a mounted soldier serving under a lord or king and having an honorable rank.
  2. British Termsa man who is given a title of knighthood by a king, in Great Britain ranking next below a baronet.
  3. a member of any order or association that designates its members as knights:the Knights of Columbus.
  4. Chessa chess piece shaped like a horse's head.

v. [+ object]
  1. to dub or make (a man) a knight:He was knighted by King Arthur himself.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
knight  (nīt),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. World Historya mounted soldier serving under a feudal superior in the Middle Ages.
  2. 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.
  3. any person of a rank similar to that of the medieval knight.
  4. 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.
  5. a member of any order or association that designates its members as knights.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

v.t. 
  1. to dub or make (a man) a knight.
knightless, adj. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English cniht boy, manservant; cognate with German, Dutch knecht servant

Knight  (nīt),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. BiographicalEric, 1897–1943, U.S. novelist, born in England.
Frank Hy•ne•man  (hīnə mən),USA pronunciation 1885–1972, U.S. economist.

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Knight /naɪt/ n
  1. Dame Laura. 1887–1970, British painter, noted for her paintings of Gypsies, the ballet, and the circus



knight /naɪt/ n
  1. (in medieval Europe) (originally) a person who served his lord as a mounted and heavily armed soldier
  2. (later) a gentleman invested by a king or other lord with the military and social standing of this rank
  3. (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
  4. 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
  5. a heroic champion of a lady or of a cause or principle
  6. a member of the Roman class of the equites
vb
  1. (transitive) to make (a person) a knight; dub
Etymology: Old English cniht servant; related to Old High German kneht boy



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