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paladin

[ pal-uh-din ]
/ ˈpæl ə dɪn /
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noun

any one of the 12 legendary peers or knightly champions in attendance on Charlemagne.
any knightly or heroic champion.
any determined advocate or defender of a noble cause.

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Origin of paladin

First recorded in 1585–95; from French, from Italian paladino, from Late Latin palātīnus “imperial functionary,” noun use of adjective; see origin at palatine1
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British Dictionary definitions for paladin

paladin
/ (ˈpælədɪn) /

noun

one of the legendary twelve peers of Charlemagne's court
a knightly champion

Word Origin for paladin

C16: via French from Italian paladino, from Latin palātīnus imperial official, from Palātium Palatine ²
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