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knighthood

[nahyt-hoo d] /ˈnaɪt hʊd/
noun
1.
the rank or dignity of a knight:
to confer knighthood upon him.
2.
the profession or vocation of a knight.
3.
knightly character or qualities.
4.
the body of knights.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English knighthod, Old English cnihthād. See knight, -hood
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Examples from the web for knighthood
  • With his promotion to general came a knighthood when he was made kcb.
  • A baronet is styled sir, but a baronetcy is not considered an order of knighthood.
British Dictionary definitions for knighthood

knighthood

/ˈnaɪthʊd/
noun
1.
the order, dignity, or rank of a knight
2.
the qualities of a knight; knightliness
3.
knights collectively
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Word Origin and History for knighthood
n.

Old English cnihthad "the period between childhood and manhood;" see knight (n.) + -hood. Sense of "rank or dignity of a knight" is from c.1300, and probably is an independent formation.

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