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[nahyt-lee] /ˈnaɪt li/
characteristic of a knight; noble, courageous, and generous:
knightly deeds.
being or resembling a knight.
of or belonging to a knight:
knightly duties.
composed of knights.
in a manner befitting a knight.
Origin of knightly
before 1000; Middle English; Old English cnihtlīc. See knight, -ly
Related forms
knightliness, noun Unabridged
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  • “Queens of Beauty” presided at these contests of knightly skill and daring.

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  • There was much pomp and ceremony attached to these knightly exercises.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • You will remember, Sir John, that you pledged me your knightly word for that.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • And now, says Westcote, 'it glories in the knightly tribe of Champernowne.'

  • His six elder sons did likewise, and all were famed for their knightly prowess.

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    Henry Gilbert
  • We entered Nerac as tillers of the soil, we ride out in knightly fashion.

  • Those around mistook it for that knightly courtesy of which there was none in him.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
  • "This seems to be a knightly tale," he said, extending the volume.

    The God of Love Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • But still we honor valor and courage and knightly and noble deeds.

    Historic Boys

    Elbridge Streeter Brooks
British Dictionary definitions for knightly


of, relating to, resembling, or befitting a knight
Derived Forms
knightliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for knightly

Old English cnihtlic; see knight (n.) + -ly (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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