[ nahyt-hoo d ]
/ ˈnaɪt hʊd /


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.

Nearby words

  1. knight, death and the devil,
  2. knight, frank hyneman,
  3. knight-errant,
  4. knight-errantry,
  5. knighthead,
  6. knightly,
  7. knights hospitalers,
  8. knights hospitallers,
  9. knights of columbus,
  10. knights of labor

Origin of knighthood

before 900; Middle English knighthod, Old English cnihthād. See knight, -hood Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for knighthood


/ (ˈnaɪthʊd) /


the order, dignity, or rank of a knight
the qualities of a knight; knightliness
knights collectively
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

Word Origin and History for knighthood



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper