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 for Carpet knight
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Knight \Knight\, n. [OE. knight, cniht, knight, soldier, AS.
     cniht, cneoht, a boy, youth, attendant, military follower;
     akin to D. & G. knecht servant; perh. akin to E. kin.]
     1. A young servant or follower; a military attendant. [Obs.]
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     2.
        (a) In feudal times, a man-at-arms serving on horseback
            and admitted to a certain military rank with special
            ceremonies, including an oath to protect the
            distressed, maintain the right, and live a stainless
            life.
        (b) One on whom knighthood, a dignity next below that of
            baronet, is conferred by the sovereign, entitling him
            to be addressed as Sir; as, Sir John. [Eng.] Hence:
        (c) A champion; a partisan; a lover. "Give this ring to my
            true knight." Shak "In all your quarrels will I be
            your knight." --Tennyson.
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                  Knights, by their oaths, should right poor
                  ladies' harms.                    --Shak.
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     Note: Formerly, when a knight's name was not known, it was
           customary to address him as Sir Knight. The rank of a
           knight is not hereditary.
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     3. A piece used in the game of chess, usually bearing a
        horse's head.
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     4. A playing card bearing the figure of a knight; the knave
        or jack. [Obs.]
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     Carpet knight. See under Carpet.
  
     Knight of industry. See Chevalier d'industrie, under
        Chevalier.
  
     Knight of Malta, Knight of Rhodes, Knight of St. John of
     Jerusalem. See Hospitaler.
  
     Knight of the post, one who gained his living by giving
        false evidence on trials, or false bail; hence, a sharper
        in general. --Nares. "A knight of the post, . . . quoth
        he, for so I am termed; a fellow that will swear you
        anything for twelve pence." --Nash.
  
     Knight of the shire, in England, one of the representatives
        of a county in Parliament, in distinction from the
        representatives of cities and boroughs.
  
     Knights commanders, Knights grand cross, different
        classes of the Order of the Bath. See under Bath, and
        Companion.
  
     Knights of labor, a secret organization whose professed
        purpose is to secure and maintain the rights of workingmen
        as respects their relations to their employers. [U. S.]
  
     Knights of Pythias, a secret order, founded in Washington,
        D. C., in 1864, for social and charitable purposes.
  
     Knights of the Round Table, knights belonging to an order
        which, according to the legendary accounts, was instituted
        by the mythical King Arthur. They derived their common
        title from the table around which they sat on certain
        solemn days. --Brande & C.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Carpet \Car"pet\ (k[aum]r"p[e^]t), n. [OF. carpite rug, soft of
     cloth, F. carpette coarse packing cloth, rug (cf. It. carpita
     rug, blanket), LL. carpeta, carpita, woolly cloths, fr. L.
     carpere to pluck, to card (wool); cf. Gr. karpo`s fruit, E.
     Harvest.]
     1. A heavy woven or felted fabric, usually of wool, but also
        of cotton, hemp, straw, etc.; esp. a floor covering made
        in breadths to be sewed together and nailed to the floor,
        as distinguished from a rug or mat; originally, also, a
        wrought cover for tables.
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              Tables and beds covered with copes instead of
              carpets and coverlets.                --T. Fuller.
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     2. A smooth soft covering resembling or suggesting a carpet.
        "The grassy carpet of this plain." --Shak.
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     Carpet beetle or Carpet bug (Zool.), a small beetle
        ({Anthrenus scrophulari[ae]), which, in the larval state,
        does great damage to carpets and other woolen goods; --
        also called buffalo bug.
  
     Carpet knight.
        (a) A knight who enjoys ease and security, or luxury, and
            has not known the hardships of the field; a hero of
            the drawing room; an effeminate person. --Shak.
        (b) One made a knight, for some other than military
            distinction or service.
  
     Carpet moth (Zool.), the larva of an insect which feeds on
        carpets and other woolen goods. There are several kinds.
        Some are the larv[ae] of species of Tinea (as Tinea
        tapetzella); others of beetles, esp. Anthrenus.
  
     Carpet snake (Zool.), an Australian snake. See Diamond
        snake, under Diamond.
  
     Carpet sweeper, an apparatus or device for sweeping
        carpets.
  
     To be on the carpet, to be under consideration; to be the
        subject of deliberation; to be in sight; -- an expression
        derived from the use of carpets as table cover.
  
     Brussels carpet. See under Brussels.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  carpet knight
      n 1: a knight who spends his time in luxury and idleness
           (knighted on the carpet at court rather than on the field
           of battle)

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