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knightnoun [C]

uk   /naɪt/  us   /naɪt/
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°

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knightverb [T]

uk   /naɪt/  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 playing piece 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 special achievements: He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
(Definition of knight from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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