knight-errantry

[ nahyt-er-uhn-tree ]

noun,plural knight-er·rant·ries.
  1. the behavior, vocation, or character of a knight-errant.

  2. quixotic conduct or action.

Origin of knight-errantry

1
First recorded in 1645–55; knight-errant + -ry

Words Nearby knight-errantry

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use knight-errantry in a sentence

  • Those mighty enquiries were the intellectual jousts and tournaments of the age of chivalry and knight errantry.

    The Way to Abolish Slavery | Charles Stearns
  • The king seems to have had no definite purpose beyond gratifying his taste for knight-errantry.

    Battles of English History | H. B. (Hereford Brooke) George
  • It was the old axiom of knight-errantry adapted to our own century, which made every weapon fair used against the plebeian!

    Roland Cashel | Charles James Lever
  • And as all this passed rapidly through her mind it aroused all her knight-errantry, raising a strongly protective spirit in her.

  • Then I resolved with true knight-errantry To burst the door, and set the captive free.

    The Peace Egg and Other tales | Juliana Horatia Ewing

British Dictionary definitions for knight errantry

knight errantry

noun
  1. the practices of a knight errant

  2. quixotic behaviour or practices

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012