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  1. a horse, especially a high-spirited one.
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Origin of steed

before 900; Middle English stēde, Old English stēda stallion; akin to stōd stud2; compare German Stute
Related formssteed·like, adjective
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  • "We shut the door when the steed's stolen, Mr. Arthur," was his salutation.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • I thank you, Captain, I shall use my own steed, which is waiting for me close at hand.

    The Black Tulip

    Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

  • Our steed was then put in again in a few seconds, and we proceeded on our way.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • And he brought back with him from that land a steed of the gods, nine feet high.

  • The steed was staked out in the field of the mushrooms of life.

British Dictionary definitions for steed


  1. archaic, or literary a horse, esp one that is spirited or swift
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Word Origin

Old English stēda stallion; related to German Stute female horse; see stud ²
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Word Origin and History for steed


Old English steda "stallion, stud horse," from Proto-Germanic *stodjon (cf. Old Norse stoð), from the root of Old English stod (see stud (2)). In Middle English, "a great horse" (as distinguished from a palfrey), "a spirited war horse." Obsolete from 16c. except in poetic, rhetorical, or jocular language.

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