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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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 Garter Day traditionally celebrates the most senior order of knighthood in the U.K. with a special parade and service at St. George's Chapel in Windsor — the same place where Harry and Meghan tied the knot just about a month ago. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Prince Charles and Camilla Took a Major Step Toward Becoming King and Queen Yesterday," 19 June 2018 Ishiguro, who was born in Japan, received a knighthood for his services to literature. Fox News, "Queen Elizabeth II to honor Emma Thompson, Tom Hardy and Keira Knightley at Buckingham Palace," 9 June 2018 Also getting a knighthood: Simon Schama, an English art historian and professor of art and history at Columbia University. Gregory Katz, USA TODAY, "Queen's honors go to Emma Thompson, Tom Hardy, Keira Knightley," 8 June 2018 Starr’s knighthood was bestowed more than half a century after The Beatles first went to Buckingham Palace to receive MBE awards. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Ringo Starr receives knighthood for services to music," 20 Mar. 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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