knight service

variants: less commonly

knight's service

Definition of knight service

  1. 1 :  the military service by rendering which a knight held his lands; also :  the tenure of lands held on condition of performing military service

  2. 2 :  service such as a knight can or should render; broadly :  good or valuable service

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Origin and Etymology of knight service

Middle English knightes service

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