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  1. characteristic of a knight; noble, courageous, and generous: knightly deeds.
  2. being or resembling a knight.
  3. of or belonging to a knight: knightly duties.
  4. composed of knights.
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  1. in a manner befitting a knight.
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Origin of knightly

before 1000; Middle English; Old English cnihtlīc. See knight, -ly
Related formsknight·li·ness, noun
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  • “Queens of Beauty” presided at these contests of knightly skill and daring.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for knightly


  1. of, relating to, resembling, or befitting a knight
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Derived Formsknightliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for knightly


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

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