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knight-errant

[nahyt-er-uh nt]
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noun, plural knights-er·rant.
  1. a wandering knight; a knight who traveled widely in search of adventures, to exhibit military skill, to engage in chivalric deeds, etc.
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Origin of knight-errant

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50
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Historical Examples

  • And in this knight-errant it seemed to her that she had got it.

    The Patrician

    John Galsworthy

  • The Wickliffe boyis a knight-errant born out of time, she said.

  • The lady of the knight-errant might be one to whom he had never spoken.

  • And above all I pray you, Nigel, none of your knight-errant ways.

    Sir Nigel

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • As I live his horse is a mule—what a pity it was not some knight-errant!