knighthood
noun Date: 13th century 1. the rank, dignity, or profession of a knight 2. the qualities befitting a knight ; chivalry 3. knights as a class or body

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  • Knighthood — Knight hood, n. [Knight + hood: cf. AS. chihth[=a]d youth.] 1. The character, dignity, or condition of a knight, or of knights as a class; hence, chivalry. O shame to knighthood. Shak. [1913 Webster] If you needs must write, write C[ae]sar s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Knighthood — • Considered from three points of view: the military, the social, and the religious Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • knighthood — (n.) O.E. cnihthad the period between childhood and manhood; see KNIGHT (Cf. knight) (n.) + HOOD (Cf. hood). Sense of rank or dignity of a knight is from c.1300, and probably is an independent formation …   Etymology dictionary

  • knighthood — [nīt′hood΄] n. 1. the rank or status of a knight 2. the profession or vocation of a knight 3. knightly conduct 4. knights collectively …   English World dictionary

  • Knighthood — Being a knight. Knighthood was conferred in the adoubement ceremony, or the accolade, at which time a young man or squire was formally adopted into the brotherhood of knights. Even though knights differed in their allegiance to king and kingdom,… …   Medieval glossary

  • knighthood — noun (in the UK) ADJECTIVE ▪ honorary VERB + KNIGHTHOOD ▪ get, receive ▪ refuse ▪ award sb, be …   Collocations dictionary

  • knighthood — n. to bestow a knighthood on, upon * * * [ naɪthʊd] upon to bestow a knighthood on …   Combinatory dictionary

  • knighthood — [[t]na͟ɪthʊd[/t]] knighthoods N COUNT A knighthood is a title that is given to a man by a British king or queen for his achievements or his service to his country. A man who has been given a knighthood can put Sir in front of his name instead of… …   English dictionary

  • knighthood — UK [ˈnaɪthʊd] / US [ˈnaɪtˌhʊd] noun [countable] Word forms knighthood : singular knighthood plural knighthoods an honour given by a British king or queen that allows a man to use the title Sir before his name …   English dictionary

  • knighthood — /nuyt hood/, n. 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. [bef. 900; ME knighthod, OE cnihthad. See KNIGHT, HOOD] * *… …   Universalium

  • knighthood — noun a) An honour whereby one is made into a knight, and one can thereafter be called Sir Hes got an OBE, and MBE and his recent work should entitle him to a knighthood. b) The quality of being a knight …   Wiktionary

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