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[ des-tree-er, de-streer ]
/ ˈdɛs tri ər, dɛˈstrɪər /

noun Archaic.

a war-horse; charger.

Nearby words

destiny, destitute, destitution, destock, destool, destrier, destroy, destroyer, destroyer escort, destroying angel, destruct

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for destrier


/ (ˈdɛstrɪə) /


an archaic word for warhorse (def. 1)

Word Origin for destrier

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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