Knecht: Sir Eveland’s Word of the Night – Dec 7th, 2016

Knecht is a modern German word but has origins in Old English. It is cognate to the word knight. A knecht is a male servant, especially a servant of a sovereignty. Of course, ‘knight’ is a well-respected noun these days, meaning mounted soldier, but it’s still easy to see how ‘knight’ could derive from a word that means ‘male servant,’ because, of course, knights are more or less male servants.