Over the mantelpiece, that was Henry Irving, the 19th-century actor-manager who was the first English actor to be knighted.
knighted by the Queen—honorary knighthood by the Queen, I should say.
"You don't necessarily need a superior's approval anymore, or to be "knighted" by the fashion industry," she adds.
knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1997, Sir Tom won an Academy Award the following year for his screenplay for Shakespeare in Love.
The first Jew to be knighted, he was also a close and trusted friend of Edward IV, as well as of Richard.
A vehement and fierce upholder of the doctrines of arbitrary government, he was knighted by James the Second.
Wheatstone was knighted in 1868, after his completion of the automatic telegraph.
The squire who was to be knighted was first made to lay aside his clothes, and enter a bath, the symbol of purification.
The duke is delighted with the Rooneys, and we are going to have Paul knighted!'
It is written: "If I would but go to hell for an eternal moment or so, I might be knighted."
Old English cniht "boy, youth; servant, attendant," common West Germanic (cf. Old Frisian kniucht, Dutch knecht, Middle High German kneht "boy, youth, lad," German Knecht "servant, bondman, vassal"), of unknown origin. The plural in Middle English sometimes was knighten. Meaning "military follower of a king or other superior" is from c.1100. Began to be used in a specific military sense in Hundred Years War, and gradually rose in importance until it became a rank in the nobility 16c. The chess piece so called from mid-15c. Knight in shining armor in figurative sense is from 1917, from the man who rescues the damsel in distress in romantic dramas (perhaps especially "Lohengrin"). Knights of Columbus, society of Catholic men, founded 1882 in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.; Knights of Labor, trade union association, founded in Philadelphia, 1869; Knights of Pythias, secret order, founded in Washington, 1864.
"to make a knight of (someone)," early 13c., from knight (n.). Related: Knighted; knighting.