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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.
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n., pl. knights-errant.
a knight who traveled in search of adventures, to exhibit military skill, to engage in chivalrous deeds, etc.
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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
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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.
The point of departure for Monsignor Quixote is the premise that reality is just another fiction: for, just as Cervantes's nobleman believes in the existence of knights-errant, Father Quixote is sure of the existence of Don Quixote, to the point that when he and Sancho visit the house where Cervantes was born, "he wondered whether he might have enjoyed a free entry if he had given his name at the desk" (Greene, Monsignor 121).
Oh that I could see burnt and turned to ashes the first man that meddled with knight-erranty, or at any rate the first who chose to be squire to such fools as all the knights-errant of past times must have been!
Don Quijote, for example, sees saints as heroes because, like knights-errant, they heroically defend the faith.
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James Liu asserts that "it is best to regard the knights-errant ...
There is no need, Don Quixote explains, to compare, when one already inhabits a world suffused with incommensurability: all beloveds are beautiful, all knights-errant courageous, all lineages are pure, and all poetic creations are radiant with ingenuity.
While the first volume of the Quixote shows a more mimetic type of representation as Don Quixote is obsessed with mimicking the lives and adventures of the chivalric knights-errant of the medieval age and wants to "imitar en todo cuanto a el le parecia posible los pasos que habia leido en sus libros" (Cervantes 39), the second part follows a different style representation, indeed a closure of representation.
The art of interlace allows the reader to follow the chivalric and amorous adventures of the ever-increasing number of knights-errant making up Amadis's entourage, which also includes his faithful squire Gandales and an indiscrete and cowardly dwarf.
Wakeman starts his narrative by describing Dai's variant portrayals as China's Himmler, the Generalissimo's most loyal servant, and as a self-sacrificing hero following the Chinese tradition of youxia (knights-errant) exalted in popular martial fiction.
Thus, in a series of comic adventures the titular Monsignor and his companion Zanca, a Marxist mayor, appear to be the last knights-errant, believing in either the divine design of the world or justice respectively.
Unfortunately, their welcoming committee--a host of decidedly unfriendly and cavity-laden knights-errant slogging out the Hundred Years' War--takes to them like the Black Death.