• A young servant or follower; a military attendant.
  • (card games, dated) A playing card bearing the figure of a knight; the knave or jack.
  • A warrior, especially of the Middle Ages.

    "King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table"

  • (chess) A chess piece, often in the shape of a horse's head, that is moved two squares in one direction and one at right angles to that direction in a single move, leaping over any intervening pieces.
  • Nowadays, a person on whom a knighthood has been conferred by a monarch.


  • (chess, transitive) To promote (a pawn) to a knight.
  • (transitive) To confer knighthood upon.

    "The king knighted the young squire."

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