Antonyms for knights

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"It is the ensign of the Knights of Calatrava," answered Felton.

All the knights gathered round him to ask what ailed the Duke.

But she flitted away, as she had done before from the knights.

She yelled; and the knights, laughing, took the lout, And thrust him from the gate.

Knights and nobles lie clad in armour with their ladies by their sides.

A thousand knights were escorting a man who sat his horse proudly and like a hero.

The other four knights were easily distinguished by their devices and colours.

Spenser's knights in the 'Fairy Queen' are mere shadows to them.

Howbeit, what an array of Masters and Knights have we, and what a variety!

Amongst those who served in this fleet were also many of the knights.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English cniht "boy, youth; servant, attendant," common West Germanic (cf. Old Frisian kniucht, Dutch knecht, Middle High German kneht "boy, youth, lad," German Knecht "servant, bondman, vassal"), of unknown origin. The plural in Middle English sometimes was knighten. Meaning "military follower of a king or other superior" is from c.1100. Began to be used in a specific military sense in Hundred Years War, and gradually rose in importance until it became a rank in the nobility 16c. The chess piece so called from mid-15c. Knight in shining armor in figurative sense is from 1917, from the man who rescues the damsel in distress in romantic dramas (perhaps especially "Lohengrin"). Knights of Columbus, society of Catholic men, founded 1882 in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.; Knights of Labor, trade union association, founded in Philadelphia, 1869; Knights of Pythias, secret order, founded in Washington, 1864.