knight-errant


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to knight-errant: knight errantry

knight-errant

(nīt′ĕr′ənt)
n. pl. knights-errant (nīts′-)
1. A knight, often portrayed in medieval romances, who wanders in search of adventures to prove his chivalry.
2. One given to adventurous or quixotic conduct.

knight′-er′rant·ry (-ĕr′ən-trē) n.

knight′-er′rant



n., pl. knights-errant.
a knight who traveled in search of adventures, to exhibit military skill, to engage in chivalrous deeds, etc.
[1300–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.knight-errant - a wandering knight travelling in search of adventure
knight - originally a person of noble birth trained to arms and chivalry; today in Great Britain a person honored by the sovereign for personal merit
References in classic literature ?
In short, his wits being quite gone, he hit upon the strangest notion that ever madman in this world hit upon, and that was that he fancied it was right and requisite, as well for the support of his own honour as for the service of his country, that he should make a knight-errant of himself, roaming the world over in full armour and on horseback in quest of adventures, and putting in practice himself all that he had read of as being the usual practices of knights-errant; righting every kind of wrong, and exposing himself to peril and danger from which, in the issue, he was to reap eternal renown and fame.
Four days were spent in thinking what name to give him, because (as he said to himself) it was not right that a horse belonging to a knight so famous, and one with such merits of his own, should be without some distinctive name, and he strove to adapt it so as to indicate what he had been before belonging to a knight-errant, and what he then was; for it was only reasonable that, his master taking a new character, he should take a new name, and that it should be a distinguished and full-sounding one, befitting the new order and calling he was about to follow.
So then, his armour being furbished, his morion turned into a helmet, his hack christened, and he himself confirmed, he came to the conclusion that nothing more was needed now but to look out for a lady to be in love with; for a knight-errant without love was like a tree without leaves or fruit, or a body without a soul.
He re-introduces the character of Younis al-Khattat, a Hamiya-born poet and a modern knight-errant, who travels with an abridged, translated version of Cervantes' magnum opus, Don Quixote , in his lightweight luggage.
Despite the fact that more than 400 years have passed since the work was published, The history of the valorous and witty knight-errant Don-Quixote of the Mancha is still being edited and read.
It's not often that an event comes along that perfectly distills an approach to life at large and how we live it, in that it reattributes our priorities to the core, starting with seeing windmills as dragons as Cervantes denied Don Quixote's desire for elevation to knight-errant and instead cast a leg- endary figure down to the firm and unadulterated reality of the real Dul- cinea we face today in the form of a crisis.
The preposterous picaresque adventures of the knight-errant Brancaleone, in Mario Monicelli's films, seem closest to those of Don Quixote.
In addition to spelling out the positive meaning of the Donghai woman's violence, Li Bai also casts her as a knight-errant, as shown in the couplet: "She learned the art of swordsmanship from the maiden [master] of Yue, / and was able to leap and soar like a shooting star".
In the particular context of Don Quixote, some aspects of the story of the knight-errant might be better understood if we take into consideration how the novel represents the court as a social institution in itself, and in the light of the historical Spanish court of the time.
Man of La Mancha ranked high in my youth because, as with many boys, I got a kick out of the titular character, a funny and inspiring wannabe knight-errant named Don Quixote (though it didn't occur to me to look up "errant").
I am Don Quijote, and my profession is knight-errant.
The term "individualistic," nevertheless, is a vague concept which confuses, rather than clearly defines the characteristics of the knight-errant.