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

  • n. A knight, often portrayed in medieval romances, who wanders in search of adventures to prove his chivalry.
  • n. One given to adventurous or quixotic conduct.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A knight who wandered in search of adventure and opportunities to prove his chivalry.
  • n. A person who displays an adventurous or a quixotic spirit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wandering knight; a knight who traveled in search of adventures, for the purpose of exhibiting military skill, prowess, and generosity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See knight errant, under knight.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a wandering knight travelling in search of adventure


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  • English authors, too, have turned this subgenre to inspired use: Kate Atkinson's reluctant series-hero Jackson Brodie, encountered this year not only in "Started Early, Took My Dog" but also in three PBS-aired TV dramas, puts a beleaguered modern knight-errant in the context of a Whitbread-winning writer's brilliant contemporary novel.

    And Then There Were Ten

  • "With his powerful sense of justice, dogged determination and the physical and mental skills to overcome what to most would be overwhelming odds, Jack Reacher makes an irresistible modern knight-errant."

    Nothing To Lose by Lee Child: Book summary

  • His is a surprisingly thin-legged erring knight-errant, admittedly heavy of paunch, but also with the aquiline nose and glinting blue eyes of a true aristocrat, if more than past his prime and short on scruples.

    Rodney Punt: The Merry Wives of Windsor -- Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tours Santa Monica's Broad Stage

  • Displayed the will of a lion, yet conveyed a vulnerability generating unfamiliar knight-errant tendencies in him.

    Earl of Durkness

  • Six feet two, and tipping the scales at 300 pounds, he was the knight-errant of Fleet Street -- "Sir Chesterton of Overroads," as Shaw also described him -- a journalist who went about London garbed in a slouch hat and cloak, sword stick in hand.

    Kevin Belmonte: The Genius Of G.K. Chesterton: Understanding The Heart Of The Enduring Story

  • Like most Irish, the pagan in him was alive and well, but he kept a pew in a medieval cathedral where the knight-errant genuflected in a cone of stained light, blood-soaked cloak or not.

    The Glass Rainbow

  • The quixotic knight-errant, waging war on a crippled old man.

    The Glass Rainbow

  • Five inches shorter than my big Jazz, she seems tiny, precise, a knight-errant clad not in chain mail but in feathers.


  • Meanwhile, the pasty-faced Assange, a self-appointed knight-errant who has been doing battle with official secrecy since 2006, was in the shadows somewhere - few knew where - undoubtedly savoring the ruckus caused by WikiLeaks 'exposure of confidential State Department cables.

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is in hiding, avoiding Interpol warrant

  • Since the Chinese literati discovered Homer at the beginning of the twentieth century, they have keenly felt the lack of a national epic poem, their own traditional fiction of knight-errant wuxia stories being considered too episodic and prosaic.

    Jamyang Norbu: Language, Identity & Revolution in Tibet


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