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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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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
n.

1590s, "one of the 12 knights in attendance on Charlemagne," from Middle French paladin "a warrior" (16c.), from Italian paladino, from Latin palatinus "palace official;" noun use of palatinus "of the palace" (see palace).

The Old French form of the word was palaisin (which gave Middle English palasin, c.1400); the Italian form prevailed because, though the matter was French, most of the poets who wrote the romances were Italians.

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