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[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
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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
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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).

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