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 Knifeboard.Knight Rider Street (London). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Knight
 
means simply a boy. (Saxon, cniht.) As boys (like the Latin puer and French garcon) were used as servants, so cniht came to mean a servant. Those who served the feudal kings bore arms, and persons admitted to this privilege were the king’s knights; as this distinction was limited to men of family, the word became a title of honour next to the nobility. In modern Latin, a knight is termed aura’tus (golden), fròm the gilt spurs which he used to wear.   1
   Last of the knights. Maximilian I. of Germany (1459, 1493–1519).   2
 


 Knifeboard.Knight Rider Street (London). 

 
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