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1911 Encyclopedia Britannica
(Lat. palatinus), strictly a courtier, a member of a royal household, one connected with a palace. From being applied to the famous twelve peers of Charlemagne, the word became a general term in romance for knights of great prowess.
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Chisholm, Hugh, General Editor. Entry for 'Paladin'. 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/bri/p/paladin.html. 1910.