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Eric, 1897–1943, U.S. novelist, born in England.
Frank Hyneman [hahy-nuh-muhn] , 1885–1972, U.S. economist.
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knight (naɪt)
1.  in medieval Europe
 a.  (originally) a person who served his lord as a mounted and heavily armed soldier
 b.  (later) a gentleman invested by a king or other lord with the military and social standing of this rank
2.  (in modern times) a person invested by a sovereign with a nonhereditary rank and dignity usually in recognition of personal services, achievements, etc. A British knight bears the title Sir placed before his name, as in Sir Winston Churchill
3.  a chess piece, usually shaped like a horse's head, that moves either two squares horizontally and one square vertically or one square horizontally and two squares vertically
4.  a heroic champion of a lady or of a cause or principle
5.  a member of the Roman class of the equites
6.  (tr) to make (a person) a knight; dub
[Old English cniht servant; related to Old High German kneht boy]

Knight (naɪt)
Dame Laura. 1887--1970, British painter, noted for her paintings of Gypsies, the ballet, and the circus

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Word Origin & History

O.E. cniht "boy, youth, servant," common W.Gmc. (cf. O.Fris. kniucht, Du. knecht, M.H.G. kneht "boy, youth, lad," Ger. Knecht "servant, bondman, vassal"), of unknown origin. Meaning "military follower of a king or other superior" is from c.1100. Began to be used in a specific military sense in Hundred
Years War, and gradually rose in importance through M.E. period until it became a rank in the nobility 16c. The verb meaning "to make a knight of (someone)" is from c.1300. Knighthood is O.E. cnihthad "the period between childhood and manhood;" sense of "rank or dignity of a knight" is from c.1300. The chess piece so called from c.1440. Knight in shining armor is from 1965. Knights of Columbus, society of Catholic men, founded 1882 in New Haven; Knights of Labor, trade union association, founded in Philadelphia, 1869; Knights of Pythias, secret order, founded in Washington, 1864.
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knight definition

A mounted warrior in Europe in the Middle Ages. (See chivalry.)

Note: Over the centuries, knighthood gradually lost its military functions, but it has survived as a social distinction in Europe, especially in England.
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