person granted an honorary title by a monarch or other political leader
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A knight is a person granted an honorary title of knighthood by a head of state (including the pope) or representative for service to the monarch, the church or the country, especially in a military capacity.


  • The Knight’s bones are dust,
    And his good sword rust;—
    His soul is with the saints, I trust.
    • Samuel Taylor Coleridge, from "The Knight's Tomb" (written c. 1817; published 1834)
    • The last three lines, slightly altered, are quoted by Sir Walter Scott as an epigraph for Ivanhoe (1819), Ch. 8 and Castle Dangerous (1831), Ch. 9:
      The knights are dust,
      And their good swords are rust;—
      Their souls are with the saints, we trust.
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