knight·​hood | \ ˈnīt-ˌhu̇d \

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.

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Lamb was proud of his success; when Margaret Thatcher gave him a knighthood four years later, Lamb put a sign at his door, in type bigger than any front page headline, announcing: SIR LARRY LAMB. WSJ, "Excerpts From Les Hinton’s ‘An Untidy Life’," 15 Nov. 2018 Thompson is just the latest A-list celebrity to receive a damehood (the female version of knighthood). Vogue, "Emma Thompson, Mick Jagger, and All the Celebrities Knighted by the British Royal Family," 7 Nov. 2018 Like Dame Maggie Smith, Ian McKellan holds a knighthood and a Companion of Honor. Vogue, "Emma Thompson, Mick Jagger, and All the Celebrities Knighted by the British Royal Family," 7 Nov. 2018 Naipaul received a knighthood in 1990, and in 2001 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Sylvia Hui, Fox News, "Nobel Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul dies at 85," 11 Aug. 2018 The Order of the Thistle is the prince’s second honorary knighthood. Simon Perry,, "Prince William Confidently Pulls Off Ostrich Feather Hat for Annual Knights Service in Scotland," 6 July 2018 The title is the female equivalent of an honorary knighthood. Stephanie Petit,, "Angelina Jolie Takes a Cue from Meghan Markle in Fascinator, Off-the-Shoulder Dress for Royal Event," 28 June 2018 The Order of the Thistle ceremony is held in Edinburgh, Scotland to celebrate knighthood—the highest public-office honor in Scotland—and takes place every other year. Eileen Reslen, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Had a Really Good Reason for Not Attending the Order of the Thistle Today," 6 July 2018 One level below a knighthood, CBE stands for Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Will Queen Elizabeth Revoke Harvey Weinstein's British Royal Honor?," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of knighthood

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of knighthood

: the rank or title of a knight


knight·​hood | \ ˈnīt-ˌhu̇d \

Kids Definition of knighthood

: the rank, dignity, or profession of a knight

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