Knight

Definition of Knight

n.1.A young servant or follower; a military attendant.
2.In feudal times, a man-at-arms serving on horseback and admitted to a certain military rank with special ceremonies, including an oath to protect the distressed, maintain the right, and live a stainless life.
Knights, by their oaths, should right poor ladies' harms.
- Shak.
3.A piece used in the game of chess, usually bearing a horse's head.
4.A playing card bearing the figure of a knight; the knave or jack.
Carpet knight
See under Carpet.
Knight of industry
See Chevalier d'industrie, under Chevalier.
Knight of Malta
See Hospitaler.
Knight of the post
one who gained his living by giving false evidence on trials, or false bail; hence, a sharper in general.
Knight of the shire
in England, one of the representatives of a county in Parliament, in distinction from the representatives of cities and boroughs.
- Nares.
Knights commanders
different classes of the Order of the Bath.
Knights of labor
a secret organization whose professed purpose is to secure and maintain the rights of workingmen as respects their relations to their employers.
Knights of Pythias
a secret order, founded in Washington, D. C., in 1864, for social and charitable purposes.
Knights of the Round Table
knights belonging to an order which, according to the legendary accounts, was instituted by the mythical King Arthur. They derived their common title from the table around which they sat on certain solemn days.
- Brande & C.
v. t.1.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 --.
[imp. & p. p. Knighted; p. pr. & vb. n. Knighting.]
A soldier, by the honor-giving hand
Of CŒur-de-Lion knighted in the field.
- Shak.

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