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knighthood

[nahyt-hoo d] /ˈnaɪt hʊd/
noun
1.
the rank or dignity of a knight:
to confer knighthood upon him.
2.
the profession or vocation of a knight.
3.
knightly character or qualities.
4.
the body of knights.
Origin of knighthood
900
before 900; Middle English knighthod, Old English cnihthād. See knight, -hood
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  • A pretty degree of knighthood, sir, is that which can be bought with sugar hogsheads!

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • It was almost as though Henry himself had accepted a knighthood.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • Long after knighthood had passed away, the struggle continued.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • Industry, thrift, and shrewdness were likely to win enough to buy a knighthood.

    The Facts About Shakespeare William Allan Nielson
  • His knighthood as a sworn chum was put in question and he was cruelly hurt.

British Dictionary definitions for knighthood

knighthood

/ˈnaɪthʊd/
noun
1.
the order, dignity, or rank of a knight
2.
the qualities of a knight; knightliness
3.
knights collectively
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Word Origin and History for knighthood
n.

Old English cnihthad "the period between childhood and manhood;" see knight (n.) + -hood. Sense of "rank or dignity of a knight" is from c.1300, and probably is an independent formation.

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