I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English cniht man-at-arms, boy, servant; akin to Old High German kneht youth, military follower Date: before 12th century 1. a. (1) a mounted man-at-arms serving a feudal superior; especially a man ceremonially inducted into special military rank usually after completing service as page and squire (2) a man honored by a sovereign for merit and in Great Britain ranking below a baronet (3) a person of antiquity equal to a knight in rank b. a man devoted to the service of a lady as her attendant or champion c. a member of an order or society 2. either of two pieces of each color in a set of chessmen having the power to make an L-shaped move of two squares in one row and one square in a perpendicular row over squares that may be occupied II. transitive verb Date: 13th century to make a knight of

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  • Knight — Knight, n. [OE. knight, cniht, knight, soldier, AS. cniht, cneoht, a boy, youth, attendant, military follower; akin to D. & G. knecht servant; perh. akin to E. kin.] 1. A young servant or follower; a military attendant. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knight — knight·age; knight; knight·ess; knight·ful·ly; knight·hood; knight·ia; knight·li·hood; knight·li·ness; knight·ling; rad·knight; rod·knight; knight·ly; Knight; …   English syllables

  • knight — ► NOUN 1) (in the Middle Ages) a man raised to honourable military rank after service as a page and squire. 2) (in the UK) a man awarded a non hereditary title by the sovereign and entitled to use ‘Sir’ in front of his name. 3) a chess piece,… …   English terms dictionary

  • Knight — Knight, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Knighted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Knighting}.] To dub or create (one) a knight; done in England by the sovereign only, who taps the kneeling candidate with a sword, saying: Rise, Sir . [1913 Webster] A soldier, by the honor …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Knight — [nait] der; s, s <aus engl. knight »Ritter«, dies aus mittelengl. knight »Knabe« (verwandt mit dt. Knecht)> die nicht erbliche, unterste Stufe des engl. Adels …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • knight — [nīt] n. [ME kniht < OE cniht, boy, retainer, akin to Ger knecht, lad, servant < IE * gnegh : for base see KNEAD] 1. in the Middle Ages, a) a military servant of a king or other feudal superior; tenant holding land on condition that he… …   English World dictionary

  • Knight — (engl., spr. neit, das deutsche Wort Knecht), Ritter; die unterste und älteste Stufe der persönlichen Ritterwürde, die des Knight bachelor (spr. bättschĕlĕr), ist seit 1660 bloßer Titel mit dem Prädikat »Sir« …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Knight — 〈[naıt] m.; Gen.: s, Pl.: s; im Vereinigten Königreich〉 unterstes, nicht erbliches Adelsprädikat, welches vom jeweiligen Monarchen als Auszeichnung für besondere Verdienste um die Nation verliehen wird [Etym.: engl., »Ritter«] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • Knight — C est l équivalent anglais du français Chevalier. Voir Cavaillé pour l explication …   Noms de famille

  • Knight — Knighthood redirects here. For modern British honours, see Orders, decorations, and medals of the United Kingdom. For other nations, see State decoration. For other uses, see knight (disambiguation) and knights (disambiguation). Royal and noble… …   Wikipedia

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