• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Carpet-knight one dubbed a knight by mere court favour, not on account of his military exploits—hence an effeminate person
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. carpite (Fr. carpette)—Low L. carpeta, a coarse fabric made from rags pulled to pieces—L. carpĕre, to pluck.


In literature:

You have become a carpet-knight, Prince Marvel, and think more of bright eyes than of daring deeds.
"The Enchanted Island of Yew" by L. Frank Baum
Apollodorus: you are my perfect knight; and I will always buy my carpets through you.
"Caesar and Cleopatra" by George Bernard Shaw
A man hitting the trail for liberty doesn't use the manners of a highbrow carpet-knight.
"Lister's Great Adventure" by Harold Bindloss
Carpet-knights who have united their thanks over a grand regimental banquet.
"Punchinello, Vol. II. No. 38, Saturday, December 17, 1870." by Various
Well, remembering a certain amusing little episode in the more recent history of the Savoy Theatre, why not a "Carpet Knight"?
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100, March 21, 1891" by Various
Truly our chiefs were anything but carpet knights!
"With Steyn and De Wet" by Philip Pienaar
He was no carpet-knight; he had the true adventurer's blood in his veins.
"The Bibliotaph" by Leon H. Vincent
Nor was the lad merely a carpet knight.
"The Romance of Old New England Rooftrees" by Mary Caroline Crawford
In fact, Louis soon proved that he was no 'carpet knight.
"The Boy Crusaders" by John G. Edgar
He carpeted the earth floor in Spanish moss, as King Arthur's knights once strewed their halls with rushes.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
I will show her that she need have no need to be ashamed of him, though no carpet-knight, only an engine-driver.
"An Ocean Tramp" by William McFee
Du Maurier was almost entirely a carpet knight.
"Library of the World's Best literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 12" by Various
No carpet knight was he.
"A Transient Guest" by Edgar Saltus
Most of these carpet-knights had been in Europe during the whole war.
"Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States" by Raphael Semmes
After all, however, his brightest bays were gained in his character as carpet knight.
"Jessamine" by Marion Harland
The carpet-knight fell on the first fire.
"My Lords of Strogue, Vol. II (of III)" by Lewis Wingfield
He was at all events no carpet knight.
"Modern Leaders: Being a Series of Biographical Sketches" by Justin McCarthy
In a passage of surpassing beauty Fletcher has described the characters of the chivalric and the carpet knight.
"The History of Chivalry, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Mills