knighthood

noun
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 Tom Moore, has been awarded a knighthood by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II after raising nearly $40 million for Britain's National Health Service by walking laps of his garden. NBC News, "Hero fundraiser Capt. Tom knighted — but no word yet on official ceremony," 21 May 2020 Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who suffered his own bout of COVID-19, nominated Moore for knighthood for his work. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Queen Elizabeth II to knight 100-year-old veteran who raised millions for National Health Service," 20 May 2020 Queen Elizabeth II bestowed an honorary knighthood. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Javier Pérez de Cuéllar Dies at 100; U.N. Chief Brokered Peace Pacts," 4 Mar. 2020 Queen Elizabeth II bestowed an honorary knighthood. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Javier Pérez de Cuéllar Dies at 100; U.N. Chief Brokered Peace Pacts," 4 Mar. 2020 Queen Elizabeth II bestowed an honorary knighthood. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Javier Pérez de Cuéllar Dies at 100; U.N. Chief Brokered Peace Pacts," 4 Mar. 2020 Queen Elizabeth II bestowed an honorary knighthood. Robert D. Mcfadden, BostonGlobe.com, "Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, 100; UN chief brokered peace pacts," 5 Mar. 2020 The 2020 list of recipients, unveiled Thursday, included Sir Elton John (Companion of Honour), Olivia Newton-John (damehood) and director Sam Mendes (knighthood). Dennis Romero, NBC News, "U.K. government accidentally publishes addresses of more than 1,000 celebrities," 29 Dec. 2019 The new knighthood even moved into the Templars’ former headquarters at Tomar. Patrick Masters, Quartz, "The true history of the conspiracy theories about the Knights Templar," 30 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of knighthood

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Knighthood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/knighthood. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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knighthood

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English Language Learners Definition of knighthood

: the rank or title of a knight

knighthood

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

Kids Definition of knighthood

: the rank, dignity, or profession of a knight

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