Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A paragon of chivalry; a heroic champion.
  • noun A strong supporter or defender of a cause.
  • noun Any of the 12 peers of Charlemagne's court.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A knight-errant; a distinguished champion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A heroic champion (especially a knightly one).
  • noun A defender or advocate of a noble cause. (A defender of faith).
  • noun Any of the twelve Companions of the court of Emperor Charlemagne.

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

  • noun someone who fights for a cause

Etymologies

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

[French, from Italian paladino, from Late Latin palātīnus, palatine; see palatine.]

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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.

Examples

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    THE NUMBERS

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Comments

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  • champion: someone who fights for a cause.

    October 31, 2007

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

    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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    November 1, 2007

  • Pre-1960. I've very old...

    November 1, 2007

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

    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

  • Ooh! I vaguely remember that show!

    November 1, 2007