Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Archaic A war horse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large warhorse, especially of a medieval knight.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See destrer.

Etymologies

Middle English destrer, from Anglo-Norman, from Vulgar Latin *dextrārius, right-hand, from Latin dexter, right.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman destrer, Old French destrier, from a Vulgar Latin derivative of Latin dextera, literally “(animal) led by the right hand”, from dexter ("right"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Rather, the destrier was the darkest possible shade of smoke-grey, a color Kellen had never seen before in a horse.

    The Outstretched Shadow

  • But, and you are willing to pledge me your word that so God grant you to conquer the sword, you will return hither and show it me on your return, I will give you this destrier, which is right rich, for your own. "

    The High History of the Holy Graal

  • I hold his entrance among them at such a moment most perilous, and I am resolved to share or avert the danger; which, that I may the better do, I would crave of thee the use of some palfrey whose pace may be softer than that of my 'destrier'. "

    Ivanhoe

  • Lohengrin raced toward the Dragon from one direction, Jaime on his destrier from the other.

    Trial of Seven

  • Androctus, not bothering to dismount, rides his destrier from the tournament grounds to his tent beyond the western edge of the encampments.

    Virginity

  • Each of the Knights turns his destrier about and reaches out his hand for another lance.

    Virginity

  • Androctus, no doubt daunted by his opponent2s reputation, gives Sir Prosper and his huge cream-colored destrier a wide berth in the lists, and Sir Prosper feints clumsily with the big lance, clearly adjusting to the shield attached to his opponent2s right arm.

    Virginity

  • His legs ache from grasping the huge sides of the destrier.

    Virginity

  • Slowly he walks the big destrier toward the viewing stands, and when he is directly in front of Sir Robert, he raises the visor once more.

    Virginity

  • Jack nodded and threw a blanket over his destrier.

    Dearly Beloved

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  • "She gestured at the waiting cabriolets and winged caravans, parked alongside the bridled destriers and sleeping gorgosaurs that lined the long curving drive."
    "The Return of the Fire Witch" by Elizabeth Hand, p 236 of Errantry: Strange Stories

    May 1, 2013