knight-errant
noun (plural knights-errant) Date: 14th century a knight traveling in search of adventures in which to exhibit military skill, prowess, and generosity

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  • knight errant — noun (pl knights errant) 1. A knight who travelled in search of adventures 2. A man or boy who behaves adventurously or chivalrously • • • Main Entry: ↑knight * * * ˌknight ˈerrant 7 [knight errant] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Knight-errant — Knight er rant, n.; pl. {Knight errants}, or {Knights errant}. A wandering knight; a knight who traveled in search of adventures, for the purpose of exhibiting military skill, prowess, and generosity. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knight-errant — [nīt′er′ənt] n. pl. knights errant 1. a medieval knight wandering in search of adventures, esp. ones allowing him to redress wrongs or show his prowess 2. a chivalrous or quixotic person …   English World dictionary

  • knight errant — n a knight in the past who travelled looking for adventure …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • knight errant — ► NOUN ▪ a medieval knight wandering in search of chivalrous adventures …   English terms dictionary

  • knight-errant — noun count HUMOROUS a man who arrives and helps you …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Knight-errant — A knight errant (plural knights errant ) is a figure of medieval chivalric romance literature. Errant, meaning wandering or roving, indicates how the knight errant would typically wander the land in search of adventures to prove himself as a… …   Wikipedia

  • knight-errant — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms knight errant : singular knight errant plural knights errant humorous a man who arrives and helps you …   English dictionary

  • Knight Errant — A knight who has gone to earn renown in wars, tournaments, jousts, or through adventures encountered in wandering travels. The knight errant was largely a figure of romance, but young knights in the middle ages did have a great need for such… …   Medieval glossary

  • knight-errant — knight′ er′rant n. pl. knights errant why a knight who traveled in search of adventures, to exhibit military skill, to engage in chivalrous deeds, etc • Etymology: 1300–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • knight-errant — /nuyt er euhnt/, n., pl. knights errant. a wandering knight; a knight who traveled widely in search of adventures, to exhibit military skill, to engage in chivalric deeds, etc. [1300 50; ME] * * * …   Universalium

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