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[er-uh n-tree]
noun, plural er·rant·ries.
  1. conduct or performance like that of a knight-errant.
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Origin of errantry

First recorded in 1645–55; errant + -ry
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Examples from the Web for errantry

Historical Examples

  • Meseemeth I must leave this land and ride at errantry, for all I desired is vanished.

    Tales from the Old French


  • Border warfare, with its frequent change of scene and constant alarms, was a fitting introduction to errantry.

  • The day will never come, I hope, when we shall degenerate into the footpad, and lose our Night Errantry.


    William Harrison Ainsworth

  • The knight errant had heard the canon's question, and he offered to give him the information if he knew anything about errantry.

    The Story of Don Quixote

    Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

  • And when peace was on the land, he went about on errantry, jousting in tournaments and fighting champions.

British Dictionary definitions for errantry


noun plural -ries
  1. the way of life of a knight errant
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