Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • 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.

    Session 2.1: Arborvale « Love | Peace | Ohana

  • And I think I've discovered that blood elf/paladin is my very favorite flavor combination so far.

    Now we're all sons of bitches.

  • 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.

    Entry #2,000

  • My paladin is level 71, so also a candidate to hang out with Crossfire, but I don't want to go Retribution.

    WoW and Crossfire

  • 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.

    Flashman and the angel of the lord

  • 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 Leper of Saint Giles

  • The holy sword paladin spell can only be cast on melee weapons, though.

    D / RPG News

  • 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.

    WoW.com

  • Take notice that this "paladin" is a macaroni-seller, strongly suspected of trying to hoodwink the French courts.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • 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,

    The Lost Lady of Lone

Comments

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  • All her harvest buttoned in
    All her ornaments untried
    Waiting for the paladin
    Prosperous and ocean-eyed
    Who shall rub her secrets out
    And behold the hinted bride


    -from "The Anniad"

    November 25, 2009

  • Hey, your brain is still firing madly, and that's the important part. :-)

    November 1, 2007

  • We had "Have Gun wii Travel" in Ireland, but I preferred "Bat Masterson".

    Yes. I am ancient. I am out of Ireland and I am ancient. Or, as Washington Irving would surely describe it, "stricken in years".

    November 1, 2007

  • Ooh! I vaguely remember that show!

    November 1, 2007

  • Great show, eh Oro? I'd love to see that again sometime. (Or maybe it's just better remembered...)

    November 1, 2007

  • "Have Gun, Will Travel"!! Yeowsuh boss!

    November 1, 2007

  • Pre-1960. I've very old...

    November 1, 2007

  • I've heard of it, but it was well before my time.

    November 1, 2007

  • I don't suppose anyone remembers the TV show "Have Gun--Will Travel," with the gentlemanly champion-for-hire Paladin (no other name was ever given) and his trademark knight chess piece?

    November 1, 2007

  • Oh, haha. So much for D&D.

    I have to admit I have a strong attachment to the phrase due to a (different, actually) game I played when I was younger. It was used in that game to signify a knight serving Light, and specifically one who had undergone trials that he couldn't pass if he wasn't of the right type; so being a Paladin, having passed this test that no one had ever passed before, said a lot about his inner character (which was also borne out by his actions, of course-- but because he was a Paladin and because of what this meant, one knew that those actions were really true to what was inside him, that he really was like that through and through... it was just a lovely and fascinating thought, to me.)

    November 1, 2007

  • Paladin means imperial guard, but specifically refers to one of Charlemagne's guard, and since he was the Holy Roman Emperor, I can see how the connotation could be applied.

    November 1, 2007

  • Doesn't it usually have connotations of religion, or have I just been infused with too much Dungeons & Dragons?

    November 1, 2007

  • champion: someone who fights for a cause.

    October 31, 2007