American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A paragon of chivalry; a heroic champion.
- n. A strong supporter or defender of a cause: "the paladin of plain speaking” ( Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.)
- n. Any of the 12 peers of Charlemagne's court.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the cycle of romances of Charlemagne, one of the knightly champions who accompanied that monarch to war; hence, by extension, a knight errant; a heroic champion.
- n. A heroic champion (especially a knightly one).
- n. A defender or advocate of a noble cause. (A defender of faith).
- n. Any of the twelve Companions of the court of Emperor Charlemagne.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A knight-errant; a distinguished champion.
- n. someone who fights for a cause
- From French, from Italian paladino, from Late Latin palatinus, "palace officer". Derived from the "Auxilia Palatina." The royal guards of the later Roman Empire who were named after the Palatine hill in Rome, Italy. From which the word Paladin and Palace is derived. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Italian paladino, from Late Latin palātīnus, palatine; see palatine1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Said paladin is only absent a few moments before returning to the bar and his suspiciously empty cider, which the bartender quickly refills without comment.”
“And I think I've discovered that blood elf/paladin is my very favorite flavor combination so far.”
“Suraa, Spooky's blood elf paladin, is now at Level 44, because I haven't been playing quite as much, and so she's gotten a little ahead.”
“My paladin is level 71, so also a candidate to hang out with Crossfire, but I don't want to go Retribution.”
“I've been seventy years an admired hero, the Hector of Afghanistan, the chap who led the Light Brigade, daredevil survivor of countless stricken fields, honoured by Queen and Country, V.C. and Medal of Honour - folk simply don't want to know that such a paladin was a rotter and bully in childhood, and if he was, they don't care.”
“He plucked away the face-cloth, and uncovered the awful visage left to him, almost lipless, one cheek shrunken away, the nostrils eaten into great, discoloured holes, a face in which only the live and brilliant eyes recalled the paladin of Jerusalem and Ascalon.”
“The holy sword paladin spell can only be cast on melee weapons, though.”
“Let's do just that., the paladin was a shining example of the Alliance, a symbol of what the Horde would never have -- purity of heart, a second plate class and, most importantly, the bubble.”
“Take notice that this "paladin" is a macaroni-seller, strongly suspected of trying to hoodwink the French courts.”
“Salome Levison went home more thoughtful and dreamy than ever before -- more out of favor with herself, more in love with her "paladin," more resolved never to marry any man except he should be John Scott,”
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