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[steed] /stid/
a horse, especially a high-spirited one.
Origin of steed
before 900; Middle English stēde, Old English stēda stallion; akin to stōd stud2; compare German Stute
Related forms
steedlike, adjective Unabridged
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  • It's not the fastest steed in the stable but it utilizes an intuitive technology.
  • There sits the wise king himself upon his royal steed.
  • He often checks his cows on horseback, but that day his steed was a mud-splattered all-terrain vehicle.
  • But it's no use locking the door after the steed is stolen.
  • She picketed her steed, hung up her weapons, and warmed herself comfortably by his fire.
  • The bluff oneness of rider and steed is indeed striking.
  • The steed that bears a human rider enjoys constant supervision and the benefit of a self-balancing load.
British Dictionary definitions for steed


(archaic or literary) a horse, esp one that is spirited or swift
Word Origin
Old English stēda stallion; related to German Stute female horse; see stud²
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Word Origin and History for steed

Old English steda "stallion, stud horse," from Proto-Germanic *stodjon (cf. Old Norse stoð), from the root of Old English stod (see stud (2)). In Middle English, "a great horse" (as distinguished from a palfrey), "a spirited war horse." Obsolete from 16c. except in poetic, rhetorical, or jocular language.

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