knight·​hood | \ ˈnīt-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce knighthood (audio) \

Definition of knighthood

1 : the rank, dignity, or profession of a knight
2 : the qualities befitting a knight : chivalry
3 : knights as a class or body

Examples of knighthood in a Sentence

The Queen awarded a knighthood to the famous actor. For their bravery, they were rewarded with knighthood.
Recent Examples on the Web Queen Elizabeth II presents Bill Gates with his honorary knighthood at Buckingham Palace, London, Wednesday March 2, 2005, watched by his then-wife Melinda. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 9 Sep. 2022 The announcement came a little over a month after the Queen appointed Camilla to the Order of the Garter, the most senior order of knighthood in the British honors system. Jessica Sager, Peoplemag, 12 Aug. 2022 The knighthood was awarded to Attenborough for his services to television broadcasting and conservation—including his recent documentaries about the natural world, like Life in Color on Netflix. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 8 June 2022 Environmentalist David Attenborough headlined a bumper investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle on Wednesday, picking up his second knighthood from fellow conservationist Prince Charles. Max Foster And Rob Picheta, CNN, 10 June 2022 That year, William also received his Order of the Garter knighthood. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 June 2022 There was also a protest outside Windsor Castle objecting to former Prime Minister Tony Blair receiving a knighthood. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 13 June 2022 His exploits earned him a knighthood, becoming Sir Ernest Shackleton in 1909. Barry Neild, CNN, 12 Mar. 2022 Now there is the prospect of further damage with the probe into claims that a donor to Charles’s charitable body, The Prince’s Foundation, was offered help in securing a knighthood., 16 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of knighthood

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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knight·​hood | \ ˈnīt-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce knighthood (audio) \

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: the rank, dignity, or profession of a knight


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