1. A medieval tenant giving military service as a mounted man-at-arms to a feudal landholder.
b. A medieval gentleman-soldier, usually high-born, raised by a sovereign to privileged military status after training as a page and squire.
c. A man holding a nonhereditary title conferred by a sovereign in recognition of personal merit or service to the country.
2. A man belonging to an order or brotherhood.
3. a. A defender, champion, or zealous upholder of a cause or principle.
b. The devoted champion of a lady.
4. A chess piece, usually in the shape of a horse's head, that can be moved two squares along a rank and one along a file or two squares along a file and one along a rank. The knight is the only piece that can jump other pieces to land on an open square.
A knight has a number of different meanings.
The title of a knight is Sir (followed by the first name).
Usually someone thinks of a gentleman soldier serving in the king's cavalry and wearing armour in medieval England. The king or queen may bestow knighthood for personal service to the country or king.
Some brotherhoods or orders such as the freemasons have positions called knights.
The third definition of a knight is a chess piece that is the only piece capable of jumping other pieces.
The knight moves in a "L" shaped course. It is an attacking piece that is usually shaped as a horse's head.
A final rarely used definition is someone who fights for a cause or a principle.
I hope this clarifies the definition a little for you Graph.
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