[ nahyt ]
/ naɪt /


verb (used with object)

to dub or make (a man) a knight.

Origin of knight

before 900; Middle English; Old English cniht boy, manservant; cognate with German, Dutch knecht servant

Related forms

knight·less, adjectiveun·knight·ed, adjective

Can be confused

knight night

Definition for knights (2 of 2)

Knights, The


a comedy (424 b.c.) by Aristophanes. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for knights

British Dictionary definitions for knights (1 of 2)


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Dame Laura. 1887–1970, British painter, noted for her paintings of Gypsies, the ballet, and the circus

British Dictionary definitions for knights (2 of 2)


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(in medieval Europe)
  1. (originally) a person who served his lord as a mounted and heavily armed soldier
  2. (later) a gentleman invested by a king or other lord with the military and social standing of this rank
(in modern times) a person invested by a sovereign with a nonhereditary rank and dignity usually in recognition of personal services, achievements, etc. A British knight bears the title Sir placed before his name, as in Sir Winston Churchill
a chess piece, usually shaped like a horse's head, that moves either two squares horizontally and one square vertically or one square horizontally and two squares vertically
a heroic champion of a lady or of a cause or principle
a member of the Roman class of the equites


(tr) to make (a person) a knight; dub

Word Origin for knight

Old English cniht servant; related to Old High German kneht boy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Culture definitions for knights


A mounted warrior in Europe in the Middle Ages. (See chivalry.)


Over the centuries, knighthood gradually lost its military functions, but it has survived as a social distinction in Europe, especially in England.
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