- a war-horse; charger.
Origin of destrier
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Examples from the Web for destrier
They had even ripped up his destrier, so that presently he had to mount another.King Robert the Bruce
A. F. Murison
This squire held the bridle of a destrier in his hand, though no man rode thereon.
He got him to his feet, and bringing the destrier to his master, set the knight thereon.
He bade his squire to saddle his destrier, and rode to the palace, to have speech with the lady.
The destrier was newly saddled and bridled, and showed proudly in his rich gay trappings.
- an archaic word for warhorse (def. 1)
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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