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KNIGHT, n. nite.

1. Originally, a knight was a youth, and young men being employed as servants, hence it came to signify a servant. But among our warlike ancestors, the word was particularly applied to a young man after he was admitted to the privilege of bearing arms. The admission to this privilege was a ceremony of great importance, and was the origin of the institution of knighthood. Hence, in feudal times, a knight was a man admitted to military rank by a certain ceremony. This privilege was conferred on youths of family and fortune, and hence sprung the honorable title of knight, in modern usage. A knight has the title of Sir.

2. A pupil or follower.

3. A champion.

Knight of the post, a knight dubbed at the whipping post or pillory; a hireling witness.

Knight of the shire, in England, one of the representatives of a county in parliament, originally a knight, but now any gentleman having an estate in land of six hundred pounds a year is qualified.

KNIGHT, v.t. nite. To dub or create a knight, which is done by the king who gives the person kneeling a blow with a sword, and says, rise, Sir.




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KNIGHT, n. nite.

1. Originally, a knight was a youth, and young men being employed as servants, hence it came to signify a servant. But among our warlike ancestors, the word was particularly applied to a young man after he was admitted to the privilege of bearing arms. The admission to this privilege was a ceremony of great importance, and was the origin of the institution of knighthood. Hence, in feudal times, a knight was a man admitted to military rank by a certain ceremony. This privilege was conferred on youths of family and fortune, and hence sprung the honorable title of knight, in modern usage. A knight has the title of Sir.

2. A pupil or follower.

3. A champion.

Knight of the post, a knight dubbed at the whipping post or pillory; a hireling witness.

Knight of the shire, in England, one of the representatives of a county in parliament, originally a knight, but now any gentleman having an estate in land of six hundred pounds a year is qualified.

KNIGHT, v.t. nite. To dub or create a knight, which is done by the king who gives the person kneeling a blow with a sword, and says, rise, Sir.


KNIGHT, n. [nite; Sax. cniht, cneoht, a boy, a servant, Ir. cniocht, G. knecht, D. knegt, Sw. knecht, Dan. knegt.]

  1. Originally, a knight was a youth, and young men being employed as servants, hence it came to signify a servant. But among our warlike ancestors, the word was particularly applied to a young man after he was admitted to the privilege of bearing arms. The admission to this privilege was a ceremony of great importance, and was the origin of the institution of knighthood. Hence, in feudal times, a knight was a man admitted to military rank by a certain ceremony. This privilege was conferred on youths of family and fortune, and hence sprung the honorable title of knight, in modern usage. A knight has the title of Sir. – Encyc. Johnson.
  2. A pupil or follower. – Shak.
  3. A champion. – Drayton. Knight of the post, a knight dubbed at the whipping-post or pillory; a hireling witness. – Johnson. Knight of the shire, in England, one of the representatives of a county in parliament, originally a knight, but now any gentleman having an estate in land of six hundred pound a year is qualified. – Johnson.

KNIGHT, v.t. [nite.]

To dub or create a knight, which is done by the king, who gives the person kneeling a blow with a sword, and says, rise, Sir. – Johnson.


Knight
  1. A young servant or follower; a military attendant.

    [Obs.]
  2. To dub or create (one) a knight] -- done in England by the sovereign only, who taps the kneeling candidate with a sword, saying: Rise, Sir ---.

    A soldier, by the honor-giving hand
    Of C(?)ur-de-Lion knighted in the field.
    Shak.

  3. In feudal times, a man-at-arms serving on horseback and admitted to a certain military rank with special ceremonies, including an oath to protect the distressed, maintain the right, and live a stainless life.

    (b)
  4. A piece used in the game of chess, usually bearing a horse's head.
  5. A playing card bearing the figure of a knight; the knave or jack.

    [Obs.]

    Carpet knight. See under Carpet. -- Knight of industry. See Chevalier d'industrie, under Chevalier. -- Knight of Malta, Knight of Rhodes, Knight of St. John of Jerusalem. See Hospitaler. - - Knight of the post, one who gained his living by giving false evidence on trials, or false bail; hence, a sharper in general. Nares. "A knight of the post, . . . quoth he, for so I am termed; a fellow that will swear you anything for twelve pence." Nash. -- Knight of the shire, in England, one of the representatives of a county in Parliament, in distinction from the representatives of cities and boroughs. -- Knights commanders, Knights grand cross, different classes of the Order of the Bath. See under Bath, and Companion. Knights of labor, a secret organization whose professed purpose is to secure and maintain the rights of workingmen as respects their relations to their employers. [U. S.] -- Knights of Pythias, a secret order, founded in Washington, d.C., in 1864, for social and charitable purposes. - - Knights of the Round Table, knights belonging to an order which, according to the legendary accounts, was instituted by the mythical King Arthur. They derived their common title from the table around which they sat on certain solemn days. Brande *** C.

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Knight

KNIGHT, noun nite.

1. Originally, a knight was a youth, and young men being employed as servants, hence it came to signify a servant. But among our warlike ancestors, the word was particularly applied to a young man after he was admitted to the privilege of bearing arms. The admission to this privilege was a ceremony of great importance, and was the origin of the institution of knighthood. Hence, in feudal times, a knight was a man admitted to military rank by a certain ceremony. This privilege was conferred on youths of family and fortune, and hence sprung the honorable title of knight in modern usage. A knight has the title of Sir.

2. A pupil or follower.

3. A champion.

KNIGHT of the post, a knight dubbed at the whipping post or pillory; a hireling witness.

KNIGHT of the shire, in England, one of the representatives of a county in parliament, originally a knight but now any gentleman having an estate in land of six hundred pounds a year is qualified.

KNIGHT, verb transitive nite. To dub or create a knight which is done by the king who gives the person kneeling a blow with a sword, and says, rise, Sir.

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