knighthood

[nahyt-hood]
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:
before 900; Middle English knighthod, Old English cnihthād. See knight, -hood

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knighthood (ˈnaɪthʊd)
 
n
1.  the order, dignity, or rank of a knight
2.  the qualities of a knight; knightliness
3.  knights collectively

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Example sentences 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.
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