What is knight?

  • (noun): A chessman in the shape of a horse's head; can move two squares horizontally and one vertically (or vice versa).
    Synonyms: horse
    See also — Additional definitions below


A knight is a person granted an honorary title of knighthood by a monarch or other political leader for service to the monarch or country, especially in a military capacity. Historically, in Europe, knighthood has been conferred upon mounted warriors. During the High Middle Ages, knighthood was considered a class of lower nobility. By the Late Middle Ages, the rank had become associated with the ideals of chivalry, a code of conduct for the perfect courtly Christian warrior. Since the Early Modern period, the title of knight is purely honorific, usually bestowed by a monarch, as in the British honours system, often for non-military service to the country.

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Faerie Knight
... The Faerie Knight was, in the Matter of Britain, a bastard son of Tom a'Lincoln and Caelia, the Faerie Queen ... Therefore, the Faerie Knight was, like Melehan, Melou and the Black Knight, Arthur's grandson ... Being half-faerie, the Faerie Knight inherited some of his mother's magical talents ...
Knight Marischal
... The office of Knight Marischal was first created for the Scottish coronation of Charles I in 1633, at Scone ... Unlike the separate office of Marischal, the office of Knight Marischal is not heritable, and has continued to be filled up to the death of the 11th Duke of Hamilton in 1863 ... At the time of the Jacobite rising of 1715, the Knight Marischal was a Keith, and with his kinsman George, the 10th Earl Marischal, was in rebellion ...
Knight's Point
... Knight's Point is on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island ... that the area had already been named Knight's Point ... The officials inquired who "Knight" was and were informed that he was the surveyor’s dog ...
Domination (chess)
... White blundered with 38.Kh2? allowing 38...Qd3 - this dominates the knight despite having six squares available to it, its capture cannot be avoided ... leaving a drawn position (sacrificing it for a knight would be no good, since it is possible to force mate with bishop and knight), but in this case it turns out that the rook is dominated, and its. 1.Nd2, after which all rook moves allow it to be captured or immediately lost to a knight fork (1...Re7 2.Nd5+ 1...Re3 2.Nd5+ 1...Rd4 2.Ne6+ 1...Rb4 2.Nd5+) apart from one 1...Re5 ...
Knight, Wisconsin - Demographics
... There were 122 households out of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older ...

More definitions of "knight":

  • (verb): Raise (someone) to knighthood.
    Synonyms: dub
  • (noun): Originally a person of noble birth trained to arms and chivalry; today in Great Britain a person honored by the sovereign for personal merit.

Famous quotes containing the word knight:

    The Knight of the Doleful Countenance.
    Miguel De Cervantes (1547–1616)

    Nae living man I’ll love again,
    Since that my lovely knight is slain.
    Wi ae lock of his yellow hair
    I’ll chain my heart for evermair.
    —Unknown. The Lament of the Border Widow (l. 25–28)

    The knight slew the dragon,
    The lady was gay,
    They rode on together,
    Away, away.
    —Unknown. This Is the Key (l. 38–41)