Definition of paladin in English:

paladin

noun

historical
  • 1Any of the twelve peers of Charlemagne's court, of whom the Count Palatine was the chief.

    • ‘Roland was not just the chief paladin of Charlemagne.’
    • ‘He knew those legends well, as well as he knew the legends of Roland and the twelve paladins, and he would be intrigued by the retelling.’
    • ‘In Charlemagne's court, there are twelve legendary paladins who serve their king.’
    • ‘Tales of the paladins of Charlemagne once rivalled the stories of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table in popularity.’
    1. 1.1 A knight renowned for heroism and chivalry.
      • ‘I have to say that I haven't met many female paladins, is it hard for a woman to become one?’
      • ‘She stood firm as she watched some of the paladins she knew lower her father's body into a grave, this would be the last time she would ever look upon his face.’
      • ‘He was also standing among a war party of almost thirty knights, paladins, and mages.’
      • ‘Since he could not be everywhere, especially in the continuous crisis of wartime, Hitler had to encourage self-reliance and independence, both in his paladins and in the regional chieftains, the Gauleiter.’
      • ‘Inside six paladins stood around a table with a map of the city.’
      • ‘I am Sir Theron and she is Lady Ariane, we are paladins, and deserve the title we earned.’
      • ‘Hurrath is known as the White King because his tendency to use diplomatic methods to gain villages and how his finest men are trained to become paladins.’
      • ‘He would tell them epic tales of noble knights, paladins, warriors, and samurai.’
      • ‘The table remained quiet for a few moments, and a wave of uneasiness flowed between the two paladins.’
      • ‘Within the fraction of a second it took the other paladins to realise that their companion was dead, the trio was on them.’
      • ‘The English recovered most of western Gascony, but in July 1453 a French army defeated Talbot at Castillon and Talbot himself, a paladin greatly admired by French and English alike, was killed.’
      • ‘She looked over to Mitsos, ‘I thought paladins were good and fought for what was right, and were compassionate and courteous.’’
      • ‘When she is forced to flee back to Asia, she is followed by Orlando, who is himself followed in turn by other paladins.’
      chevalier, cavalier, cavalryman, horseman, equestrian
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Origin

Late 16th century: from French paladin, from Italian paladino, from Latin palatinus ‘(officer) of the palace’ (see palatine).

Pronunciation

paladin

/ˈpalədɪn/