Definition of knight
What does the word knight mean?
part of speech: noun, transitive verb
Military follower, esp. one devoted to service of (lady) as attendant or champion in war or tournament; person, usu. one of noble birth who had served as page& squire, raised to honourable military rank by king or qualified person; one on whom corresponding rank is conferred as reward for personal merit or services to crown or country; (Hist., also k. of the shire) person representing shire or county in parliament; (Rom. Ant.) one of the class of equites, orig. the cavalry of Roman army; (Greek Ant.) citizen of second class at Athens; piece in game of chess, usu. with horse\'s head; k. BACHELOR, COMMANDER, COMPANION, HOSPITALLER, TEMPLAR; k.-errant, medieval k. wandering in search of chivalrous adventures, (fig.) person of chivalrous or of quixotic spirit; k.-errantry, practice, conduct, of a k.-errant (lit. & fig.); k. of the post, one who got his living by giving false evidence; k.-service (Hist.), tenure of land under condition of performing military service. Hence knighthood n., knightlike, knightly, aa., knightly adv. (poet.). [West German]