Part of speech: noun
Origin: French, late 16th century
Any of the twelve peers of Charlemagne's court, of whom the Count Palatine was the chief.
A knight renowned for heroism and chivalry.
Examples of Paladin in a sentence
"There were few knights as noble and pure as the paladin Sir Galahad."
"The paladins pledged to uphold a strict code of honor."
Popularity Over Time
This word developed from a trifecta of romance languages. The Latin word "palatinus" (officer of the palace) developed into the Italian word "paladino," and eventually evolved into the French term we still use today, "paladin."
Did you Know?
Paladins feature heavily in the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. These knights are expected to adhere to a particularly strict code of conduct of doing good. If you find yourself rolling the dice for your paladin to make a choice, know that it will be a Lawful Good one — no thievery or trickery here.