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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Definitions for paladin

  1. A knight-errant; a distinguished champion of a medieval king or prince; as, the paladins of Charlemagne.
  2. A champion of a cause.

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Citations for paladin
Once in power, though, Clinton stumbled repeatedly over obstacles created by the schizoid campaign he had conducted, in which he had cast himself simultaneously as the champion of a more conservative Democratic credo and as a paladin of the party's traditional activism. Robert Shogan, The Fate of the Union
Even Columbia University economist Jagdisch Baghwati, the paladin of free trade, calls for controls on capital flow. , The Nation
Origin of paladin
Paladin derives from Late Latin palatinus, "an officer of the palace," from Latin palatium, "royal residence, palace," from Palatium, one of the seven hills of Rome, on which Augustus had his residence.