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[steed] /stid/
a horse, especially a high-spirited one.
Origin of steed
before 900; Middle English stēde, Old English stēda stallion; akin to stōd stud2; compare German Stute
Related forms
steedlike, adjective Unabridged
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  • "We shut the door when the steed's stolen, Mr. Arthur," was his salutation.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • I thank you, Captain, I shall use my own steed, which is waiting for me close at hand.

    The Black Tulip Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • Our steed was then put in again in a few seconds, and we proceeded on our way.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • And he brought back with him from that land a steed of the gods, nine feet high.

  • The steed was staked out in the field of the mushrooms of life.

  • As this rider passed, he checked his steed, and called him of the Maypole by his name.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • The new moon is a golden shoe for the hoof of his heroes' steed.

British Dictionary definitions for steed


(archaic or literary) a horse, esp one that is spirited or swift
Word Origin
Old English stēda stallion; related to German Stute female horse; see stud²
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Word Origin and History for steed

Old English steda "stallion, stud horse," from Proto-Germanic *stodjon (cf. Old Norse stoð), from the root of Old English stod (see stud (2)). In Middle English, "a great horse" (as distinguished from a palfrey), "a spirited war horse." Obsolete from 16c. except in poetic, rhetorical, or jocular language.

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