Origin of knight bachelor
First recorded in 1600–10
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Chandos was still a knight-bachelor when he led part of the prince of Wales's army into Spain.
Pennon, pen′on, n. a flag, a medieval knight-bachelor's ensign: a long narrow flag: a pinion or wing.
Penn′oncelle, a small flag like a pennon; Penn′oncier, a knight-bachelor.
- a person who has been knighted but who does not belong to any of the orders of knights
- another name for a bachelor (def. 3)
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