knight·​ly ˈnīt-lē How to pronounce knightly (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of a knight
tales of knightly adventures
: made up of knights
knightliness noun
knightly adverb

Examples of knightly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The entire Christian civilization on which our country is built is a knightly message to defend widows and orphans. Fox News, 9 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of knightly was in the 14th century

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“Knightly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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