from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A knight-errant; a distinguished champion.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who fights for a cause
French, from Italian paladino, from Late Latin palātīnus, palatine; see palatine1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)