knight-errant

[nahyt-er-uh nt]

noun, plural knights-er·rant.

a wandering knight; a knight who traveled widely in search of adventures, to exhibit military skill, to engage in chivalric deeds, etc.

Nearby words

  1. knight of the bath,
  2. knight of the road,
  3. knight templar,
  4. knight, death and the devil,
  5. knight, frank hyneman,
  6. knight-errantry,
  7. knighthead,
  8. knighthood,
  9. knightly,
  10. knights hospitalers

Origin of knight-errant

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50

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British Dictionary definitions for knight errant

knight errant

noun plural knights errant

(esp in medieval romance) a knight who wanders in search of deeds of courage, chivalry, etc
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