Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[des-tree-er, de-streer] /ˈdɛs tri ər, dɛˈstrɪər/
noun, Archaic.
a war-horse; charger.
Origin of destrier
1250-1300; Middle English destrer < Anglo-French, variant of Old French destrier, literally, (horse) led at the right hand < Vulgar Latin *dextrārius (equus), equivalent to Latin dext(e)r right-hand (see dexter) + -ārius -ary Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for destrier
Historical Examples
British Dictionary definitions for destrier


an archaic word for warhorse (sense 1)
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from destre right hand, from Latin dextra; from the fact that a squire led a knight's horse with his right hand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for destrier

war horse, c.1300, from Old French destrier (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *dextrarius "led by the right hand," from Latin dextra, fem. of dexter (see dexterity).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for destrier

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for destrier

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for destrier