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knight

noun [C] uk   /naɪt/ us  
a man given a rank of honour by a British king or queen because of his special achievements, and who has the right to be called 'Sir': He hopes to be made a knight for his work at the Bank of England. (in the past) a man of high social position trained to fight as a soldier on a horse: knights in black armour in the game of chess, a piece in the shape of a horse's head that moves two squares in one direction and then one square at an angle of 90°

knight

verb [T] uk   /naɪt/ us  
to give someone the rank of knight: He was knighted by the Queen for his work with famine victims.
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