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.