destrier

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destrier

Pronunciation
destrier
/ˈdɛstrɪə/ /dɛˈstriːə/
noun
A medieval knight’s warhorse.

Origin
Middle English from Old French, based on Latin dextera ‘the right hand’, from dexter ‘on the right’ (because the squire led the knight’s horse with his right hand).

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The medieval knight was expected to provide his own equipage, a destrier warhorse, at least a palfrey for his squire and a packhorse for necessities.

[In spite of the fanciful illustration, there is no evidence that knights actually wore their armor or carried a long jousting lance while on the way to the ground where a battle would take place.]

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