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Meaning of “knight” in the English Dictionary

"knight" in British English

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knightnoun [C]

uk   us   /naɪt/
a man given a ​rank of ​honour by a British ​king or ​queen because of his ​specialachievements, 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 ​socialpositiontrained to ​fight as a ​soldier on a ​horse: knights in ​blackarmour 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°

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knightverb [T]

uk   us   /naɪt/
(Definition of knight from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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knightnoun [C]

 us   /nɑɪt/
(in the past) a man of high ​rank who was ​trained to ​fight as a ​soldier on a ​horse: I’m ​reading about King Arthur and his knights. A knight is a ​playingpiece in the ​game of ​chess that is often ​shaped like a horse’s ​head.
knighthood
noun [C]  us   /ˈnɑɪt·hʊd/

knightverb [T]

 us   /nɑɪt/
in Britain, to give a ​person a ​rank of ​honor because of that person’s ​specialachievements: He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
(Definition of knight from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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