[nahyt-hoo d]
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  1. the rank or dignity of a knight: to confer knighthood upon him.
  2. the profession or vocation of a knight.
  3. knightly character or qualities.
  4. the body of knights.

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. 2018

Related Words for knighthood

gallantry, courtliness

Examples from the Web for knighthood

Contemporary Examples of knighthood

Historical Examples of knighthood

  • 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

    Arnold Bennett

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for knighthood


  1. the order, dignity, or rank of a knight
  2. the qualities of a knight; knightliness
  3. 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