From French paladin, from Italian paladino, from Late Latin palatinus, "palace officer". Derived from the "Auxilia Palatina." The royal guards of the later Roman Empire who were named after the Palatine hill in Rome, Italy. From which the word Paladin and Palace is derived.
paladin (plural paladins)
- A heroic champion (especially a knightly one).
- A defender or advocate of a noble cause. (A defender of faith).
- Any of the twelve Companions of the court of Emperor Charlemagne.