- the rank or dignity of a knight: to confer knighthood upon him.
- the profession or vocation of a knight.
- knightly character or qualities.
- the body of knights.
Origin of knighthood
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Examples from the Web for knighthood
At the end of his life, after the AFI dinner, the queen offered, and he accepted, a knighthood.
After his knighthood, I stop by to see him and call him Sir Alfred.
Prime Minister David Cameron responded by saying the victory should be marked in truly British style: with a knighthood.Andy Murray Survived Dunblane School Massacre Before Winning Wimbledon
July 9, 2013
“I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis,” the letter reads.The Oxford English Dictionary: The Original Crowdsourcer
April 29, 2013
He should have been awarded a knighthood, even possibly the Garter.The Real James Bond: Ian Fleming’s Commandos Reviewed
November 19, 2011
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
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.
- the order, dignity, or rank of a knight
- the qualities of a knight; knightliness
- knights collectively
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Word Origin and History for knighthood
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