[ pal-uh-din ]
/ ˈpæl ə dɪn /


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.


Origin of paladin

1585–95; < French < Italian paladino < Late Latin palātīnus imperial functionary, noun use of adj.; see palatine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for paladin


/ (ˈpælədɪn) /


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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