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paladin

[pal-uh-din] /ˈpæl ə dɪn/
noun
1.
any one of the 12 legendary peers or knightly champions in attendance on Charlemagne.
2.
any knightly or heroic champion.
3.
any determined advocate or defender of a noble cause.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; < French < Italian paladino < Late Latin palātīnus imperial functionary, noun use of adj.; see palatine1
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  • To some, he's a heroic, farseeing paladin in an industry swimming in self-absorption.
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paladin

/ˈpælədɪn/
noun
1.
one of the legendary twelve peers of Charlemagne's court
2.
a knightly champion
Word Origin
C16: via French from Italian paladino, from Latin palātīnus imperial official, from PalātiumPalatine²
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Word Origin and History for paladin
paladin
1592, "one of the 12 knights in attendance on Charlemagne," from M.Fr. paladin "a warrior," from It. paladino, from L. palatinus "palace official;" noun use of palatinus "of the palace" (see palace). The O.Fr. form of the word was palaisin (which gave M.E. palasin, c.1400); the It. form prevailed because, though the matter was French, the poets who wrote the romances were mostly Italians.
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