from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person knighted on some ground other than that of military service or distinction; a knight who has not known the hardships of the field. So Shakspere speaks of “a knight dubbed with unhacked rapier and on carpet consideration.”


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  • I don't think his division benefited by such carpet-knight doings in the field.


  • His superstition is debasing and repellent, but works harm only in limited spheres, and it is counterbalanced by the fact that he had been a part of many events recounted and had held high governmental offices, enjoying a career which furnished him with standards by which to judge the likelihood of allegations regarding earlier periods of Rome, -- that, in a word, he was no mere carpet-knight of History.

    Dio's Rome, Volume 1 (of 6) An Historical Narrative Originally Composed in Greek during the Reigns of Septimius Severus, Geta and Caracalla, Macrinus, Elagabalus and Alexander Severus: and Now Presented in English Form

  • The carpet-knight, the holiday ranger, the book-worm explorer, knows but little of the herculean work which has furnished for the world a practical knowledge of the western half of the North American continent.

    The Life and Adventures of Kit Carson, the Nestor of the Rocky Mountains, from Facts Narrated by Himself

  • He was no carpet-knight; he had the true adventurer's blood in his veins.

    The Bibliotaph and Other People

  • QUOTATION: Accustom him to everything, that he may not be a Sir Paris, a carpet-knight, 1 but a sinewy, hardy, and vigorous young man.


  • "Body of God!" gasped Ercole, upon whose mind intruded a grotesque picture of such a company as he would assemble, being led by this mincing carpet-knight.


  • Such compounds are of course much used; but they are ugly when they are otiose; it might be worth while to talk of a war-famous brewer, or of a peace-famous general, just as we often have occasion to speak of a carpet-knight, but of a carpet-broom only if it is necessary to guard against mistake.


  • Porticobello House, and I had solicited her to become a copartner with this unassuming self in the maziness of a waltz; but, not being the carpet-knight, and consequently treading the measure with too great frequency upon the toes of my fair auxiliary, she suggested a temporary withdrawal from circulation.

    Baboo Jabberjee, B.A.

  • A valiant carpet-knight, skilled in all parlor exercises, great at whist or euchre, a dream of a dancer, unexcelled in Cakewalk or "coon" impersonations, for which he was in large social demand, Ellis had seen him kick an inoffensive negro out of his path and treat a poor-white man with scant courtesy.

    The Marrow of Tradition

  • A man who could pen such a signature need have no regret for not being a carpet-knight besides.

    Under the Skylights


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  • A derogatory term for a knight who achieved more on the floor of a lady's boudoir than in battle; the Knights of the Carpet, so called to distinguish them from those who served in battle.

    July 11, 2008