characteristic of a knight; noble, courageous, and generous: knightly deeds.
being or resembling a knight.
of or belonging to a knight: knightly duties.
composed of knights.


in a manner befitting a knight.

Origin of knightly

before 1000; Middle English; Old English cnihtlīc. See knight, -ly
Related formsknight·li·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for knightly

Contemporary Examples of knightly

  • The Daily Pic: The Met's Cloisters branch turns 75, and shows off knightly opulence.

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    Unicorn, the Luxury Meat

    Blake Gopnik

    July 16, 2013

Historical Examples of knightly

  • “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



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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper