Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The rank, dignity, or vocation of a knight.
  • n. Behavior or qualities befitting a knight; chivalry.
  • n. Knights considered as a group.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An honour whereby one is made into a knight, and one can thereafter be called "Sir"
  • n. The quality of being a knight.
  • n. The knights collectively, the body of knights.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The character, dignity, or condition of a knight, or of knights as a class; hence, chivalry.
  • n. The whole body of knights.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The rank or dignity of a knight.
  • n. The body of knights; knightage.
  • n. Knightly character; the chivalric quality of conduct suitable to a knight.
  • n. Knightly deeds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. aristocrats holding the rank of knight

Etymologies

From Middle English knighthod, from Old English cnihthād (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Day visited Sir Norman at his nursing home last year and said that despite his failing health, he remembered pretending to stumble after receiving his knighthood from the Queen in 2000, asking: "Do you remember when I tripped?"

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  • According to the BBC, he called the knighthood an “unlooked for honour”.

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  • Aldridge went on to tour the European continent, garnering numerous honors, including a knighthood from the Duke of Saxe-Meiningen, and transforming Russian acting technique with his naturalistic style.

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  • Tzu-kung asked, What is it that we call knighthood?

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  • Dr. Siemens has received many honours from learned societies at home and abroad; and a title equivalent to knighthood from the German Government.

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  • He does not need a knighthood from a German Queen as you suggest, Henry Jones-Davies because, unbeknown to you, he’s been awarded the Order of the Pink Freesia by the Dear Leader himself - the highest honour that North Korea can bestow on a foreigner!

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  • Bazalgette, a descendant of the great Victorian civil engineer responsible for building London's sewers, said: "To receive a knighthood is a delightful compliment and I am acknowledging it as recognition for television's thriving independent production sector in general."

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  • She didn't get off to a good start with a botched explanation of why giving Salman Rushdie a knighthood was a bad idea.

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  • Iran (the declared enemy) called the knighthood an "insulting, suspicious and improper act by the British Government in an obvious example of fighting against Islam."

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  • The decision to recommend that Salman Rushdie receive a knighthood was a bold and correct one.

    Petitions

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