- any one of the 12 legendary peers or knightly champions in attendance on Charlemagne.
- any knightly or heroic champion.
- any determined advocate or defender of a noble cause.
Origin of paladin
Examples from the Web for paladin
In the words of Shondo, a professional cage fighter turned Paladin, “It was my fate to embark on this journey.”'The Quest' Review: Behold, a Campy 'Game of Thrones' Reality Show
August 1, 2014
"Patrona mia, you should have seen this paladin," he continued, coming forward.Love-at-Arms
The luxury of the Court paled before that of the paladin's house.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
The adventures which he relates of himself are those of a paladin.Pioneers of the Old South
Why can't the Scholar change name and condition with the Paladin?
If any had, the Paladin would have been finely ridiculed for his vanity.
- one of the legendary twelve peers of Charlemagne's court
- a knightly champion
Word Origin and History for paladin
1590s, "one of the 12 knights in attendance on Charlemagne," from Middle French paladin "a warrior" (16c.), from Italian paladino, from Latin palatinus "palace official;" noun use of palatinus "of the palace" (see palace).
The Old French form of the word was palaisin (which gave Middle English palasin, c.1400); the Italian form prevailed because, though the matter was French, most of the poets who wrote the romances were Italians.