- a short vertical timber having on its head a sheave through which running rigging is rove.
- any other fitting or erection bearing such a sheave.
verb (used with object)
- knight bachelor,
- knight banneret,
- knight errant,
- knight errantry,
- knight in shining armor
Origin of knight
Examples from the Web for knights
Is there more to U.S. involvement overseas than the fairy tale of knights saving fair maidens from dragons?
“We kind of knew early on that we had hit on something really unique,” Knights says.
The teasing is so common that is has been accepted as “the standard ginger bullying” by those who Knights has encountered.
As a kid, you'd admired pictures of knights in burnished suits of armor.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq|Nathan Bradley Bethea|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the backlash to Reconstruction after the Civil War, the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were born.A Brief History of Wingnuts in America; From George Washington to Woodstock|John Avlon|August 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The second arch covers the chapel of the Portuguese knights.The Overland Guide-book|James Barber
When Breuse saw these knights he rode straight unto them, and cried unto them and prayed them of rescues.
Did she hold a lease of the manor and manor-house of Hampton of the Knights Hospitallers?
At these words the queen and all the knights wept sore for pity.
Then there came out of the castle a three score knights armed.
- (originally) a person who served his lord as a mounted and heavily armed soldier
- (later) a gentleman invested by a king or other lord with the military and social standing of this rank
Word Origin for knight
Old English cniht "boy, youth; servant, attendant," common West Germanic (cf. Old Frisian kniucht, Dutch knecht, Middle High German kneht "boy, youth, lad," German Knecht "servant, bondman, vassal"), of unknown origin. The plural in Middle English sometimes was knighten. Meaning "military follower of a king or other superior" is from c.1100. Began to be used in a specific military sense in Hundred Years War, and gradually rose in importance until it became a rank in the nobility 16c. The chess piece so called from mid-15c. Knight in shining armor in figurative sense is from 1917, from the man who rescues the damsel in distress in romantic dramas (perhaps especially "Lohengrin"). Knights of Columbus, society of Catholic men, founded 1882 in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.; Knights of Labor, trade union association, founded in Philadelphia, 1869; Knights of Pythias, secret order, founded in Washington, 1864.
"to make a knight of (someone)," early 13c., from knight (n.). Related: Knighted; knighting.