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ˈnaɪt hʊdknight·hood

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. knighthoodnoun

    aristocrats holding the rank of knight


  1. knighthoodnoun

    An honour whereby one is made into a knight, and one can thereafter be called "Sir"

    He's got an OBE, and MBE and his recent work should entitle him to a knighthood.

  2. knighthoodnoun

    The quality of being a knight.

  3. knighthoodnoun

    The knights collectively, the body of knights.

  4. Etymology: From knighthod, from cnihthad

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Knighthoodnoun

    The character or dignity of a knight.

    Etymology: from knight.

    For that same knight’s own sword this is of yore,
    Which Merlin made by his almighty art,
    For that his noursling, when he knighthood swore,
    Therewith to doen his foes eternal smart. Fairy Queen.

    Speak truly on thy knighthood, and thine oath,
    And so defend thee heaven and thy valour. William Shakespeare, R. II.

    Is this the sir, who some waste wife to win,
    A knighthood bought, to go a wooing in. Ben Jonson.

    If you needs must write, write Cæsar’s praise,
    You’ll gain at least a knighthood, or the bays. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Knighthoodnoun

    the character, dignity, or condition of a knight, or of knights as a class; hence, chivalry

  2. Knighthoodnoun

    the whole body of knights

  3. Etymology: [Knight + hood: cf. AS. chihthd youth.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Knighthood

    a distinction granted to commoners, ranking next to baronet, now bestowed by the crown; formerly knighthood was a military order, any member of which might create new knights; it was originally the highest rank of Chivalry (q. v.); it was an order of many subdivisions developed during the crusades, and in full flower before the Norman conquest of England.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. knighthood

    An institution by princes, either for the defence of religion, or as marks of honour on officers who have distinguished themselves by their valour and address. This dignity being personal, dies with the individual so honoured. The initials of our own orders are:--K.G., Knight of the Garter; K.T., Knight of the Thistle; K.S.P., Knight of St. Patrick; G.C.B., Grand Cross of the Bath; K.C.B., Knight Commander of the Bath; G.C.H., Knight Grand Cross of the Hanoverian Guelphic Order; K.H., Knight of the Hanoverian Guelphic Order; G.C.M.G., Grand Cross of St. Michael and George; E.S.I., Most Exalted Star of India. The principal foreign orders worn by our navy are those of Hanover, St. Ferdinand and Merit, the Tower and Sword, Legion of Honour, Maria Theresa, St. Bento d'Avis, Cross of Charles III., San Fernando, St. Louis, St. Vladimir, St. Anne of Russia, Red Eagle of Prussia, Redeemer of Greece, Medjidie of Turkey, Leopold of Austria, Iron Crown of Austria, William of the Netherlands.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. knighthood

    Originally a military distinction, came, in the 16th century, to be occasionally conferred on civilians, as a reward for valuable services rendered to the crown or community. The first civil knight in England was Sir William Walworth, lord mayor of London, who won that distinction by slaying the rebel Wat Tyler in presence of the king. In recent times, it has been bestowed at least as often on scholars, lawyers, artists, or citizens, as on soldiers, and in many cases for no weightier service than carrying a congratulatory address to court.

  2. knighthood

    The character, dignity, or condition of a knight.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of knighthood in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of knighthood in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of knighthood in a Sentence

  1. Chris Kenny:

    He's one dumb knighthood away from oblivion.

  2. Luke Simpkins:

    The knighthood issue was for many the final proof of a disconnection with the people.

  3. Dejan Stojanovic:

    Knighthood lies above eternity; it doesn’t live off fame, but rather deeds.

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