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[nahyt-lee] /ˈnaɪt li/
characteristic of a knight; noble, courageous, and generous:
knightly deeds.
being or resembling a knight.
of or belonging to a knight:
knightly duties.
composed of knights.
in a manner befitting a knight.
Origin of knightly
before 1000; Middle English; Old English cnihtlīc. See knight, -ly
Related forms
knightliness, noun Unabridged
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  • But what else can we expect, now, that you have lost your knightly guard, your shield and your arms!

    The Red Room August Strindberg
  • Those around mistook it for that knightly courtesy of which there was none in him.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
  • But the two ladies had many a jest upon him for the knightly stroke which the damsel had given him on the helm.

  • "This seems to be a knightly tale," he said, extending the volume.

    The God of Love Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • A small mantle of some rich materials, attached to the knightly basinet or helm, and worn hanging down.

  • But still we honor valor and courage and knightly and noble deeds.

    Historic Boys Elbridge Streeter Brooks
  • It is the first time we hear of the Champion; but it was an age of knightly revivals, and this was probably one of them.

    Little Folks Various
  • Had she no pleasure in his knightly games, no smile to give him for his skill?

    Stories of Siegfried Mary MacGregor
  • With noble bearing and knightly aspect he turned his horse and saluted the monarch by thrice lowering his sword.

    Fairy Tales From all Nations Anthony R. Montalba
British Dictionary definitions for knightly


of, relating to, resembling, or befitting a knight
Derived Forms
knightliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for knightly

Old English cnihtlic; see knight (n.) + -ly (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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