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 (dĕs′trē-ər, dĭ-strîr′)
n. Archaic
A warhorse.

[Middle English destrer, from Anglo-Norman, from Vulgar Latin *dextrārius, right-hand, from Latin dexter, right; see deks- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Military) an archaic word for warhorse1
[C13: from Old French, from destre right hand, from Latin dextra; from the fact that a squire led a knight's horse with his right hand]
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(ˈdɛs tri ər, dɛˈstrɪər)

n. Archaic.
[1250–1300; Middle English destrer < Anglo-French; Old French destrier, literally, (horse) led at the right hand]
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I hold his entrance among them at such a moment most perilous, and I am resolved to share or avert the danger; which, that I may the better do, I would crave of thee the use of some palfrey whose pace may be softer than that of my destrier.''*
"Yet there is a difference betwixt a friar's hack and a warrior's destrier. You can sing and play?"
2.50 ULTIMA HANDICAP CHASE 3m1f CH4 8 Out Sam, 10 Holywell, Kruzhlinin, 12 Doctor Harper, 14 Carole's Destrier, The Young Master, Theatre Guide, 16 Morning Assembly, 20 bar.
Doing Fine travelled like a very decent young chaser on that occasion and has beaten some good horses like Carraig Mor and Carole's Destrier in his time, so there is every chance he remains well handicapped.
What kind of weapon was a medieval destrier? See question 10.
Ainsi Fideles, the winner of seven of his eight starts over fences, and Carole's Destrier, who comes here on a hat-trick, are capable of podium finishes.
Of the other two who started their chase careers in a handicap for Mulholland since October, one was Carole's Destrier, who was beaten a neck at Ffos Las before rocketing up the handicap.
He didn't pull up any trees on his return in Newcastle in December in the Eider, but a second place over 3m2f at Christmas at Newbury to Carole's Destrier highlighted good pedigree over distances.
We have eight horses left of which Carole's Destrier and Chic Name both run from handicaps marks that have proved beyond them in the past.
Two weeks ago he was an eyecatching fourth to Carole's Destrier at Newbury, putting in his best effort in a three-run campaign so far and that should have put him spot-on to make it third-time lucky in this race.
The seven-year-old was a terrific second to Destrier on his fencing bow here and shrewd new handler Dianne Sayer can eke out plenty more progress.
It seemed prep for last year National, our him (Trainer The 11-year-old had just his second run for the Grand National-winning trainer when a lack of race fitness told late on when finishing fifth to Carole's Destrier in the Veterans' Handicap Chase at Newbury on Saturday.