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1. The rank, dignity, or vocation of a knight.
2. Behavior or qualities befitting a knight; chivalry.
3. Knights considered as a group.


1. the order, dignity, or rank of a knight
2. the qualities of a knight; knightliness
3. knights collectively


(ˈnaɪt hʊd)

1. the rank, dignity, or vocation of a knight.
2. knightly character or qualities.
3. the body of knights.
[before 900]


 knights collectively; a military force or host, 1377; knightage, 1840.
Examples: knighthood of the battle, 1382; multitude of heavenly knighthood [angels], 1382.
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Noun1.knighthood - aristocrats holding the rank of knightknighthood - aristocrats holding the rank of knight
aristocracy, nobility - a privileged class holding hereditary titles
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[ˈnaɪthʊd] N
1. (= order) → caballería f
2. (= title) → título m de caballero; (modern) (Brit) → título m de Sir
he was given a knighthoodle otorgaron el título de Sir (Hist) → fue armado caballero


[ˈnaɪthʊd] nchevalerie f
to get a knighthood → être fait chevalier
to be given a knighthood → se voir conférer le titre de chevalier


(= knights collectively)Ritterschaft f
(= rank)Ritterstand m; to receive a knighthoodin den Adelsstand erhoben werden; he’s hoping for a knighthooder hofft, in den Adelsstand erhoben zu werden


[ˈnaɪthud] n (Brit) (title) → cavalierato
to get a knighthood → essere nominato cavaliere


(nait) noun
1. in earlier times, a man of noble birth who is trained to fight, especially on horseback. King Arthur and his knights.
2. a man of rank, having the title `Sir'. Sir John Brown was made a knight in 1969.
3. a piece used in chess, usually shaped like a horse's head.
to make (a person) a knight. He was knighted for his services to industry.
ˈknighthood noun
the rank or title of a knight. He received a knighthood from the Queen.
References in classic literature ?
But still it distressed him to think he had not been dubbed a knight, for it was plain to him he could not lawfully engage in any adventure without receiving the order of knighthood.
I ran across him in the street and congratulated him on the knighthood with which his eminent services during the war had been rewarded.
Sir William Lucas had been formerly in trade in Meryton, where he had made a tolerable fortune, and risen to the honour of knighthood by an address to the king during his mayoralty.
I had had confidential agents trickling through the country some time, whose office was to undermine knighthood by imperceptible degrees, and to gnaw a little at this and that and the other superstition, and so prepare the way gradually for a better order of things.
Aye, there have been generations of Sir Johns among you, and if knighthood were hereditary, like a baronetcy, as it practically was in old times, when men were knighted from father to son, you would be Sir John now.
And come you to London next Court day and we shall see if there be a knighthood vacant.
The Emperor shared in the general satisfaction; and presented the impostors with the riband of an order of knighthood, to be worn in their button-holes, and the title of "Gentlemen Weavers.
A gold-embroidered belt of knighthood encircled his loins, with his arms, five roses gules on a field argent, cunningly worked upon the clasp.
It was a woman's hand which cast this lime into mine eyes, and though I saw her stoop, and might well have stopped her ere she threw, I deemed it unworthy of my knighthood to hinder or balk one of her sex.
Cedric the Saxon, if offended, and he is noway slack in taking offence, is a man who, without respect to your knighthood, my high office, or the sanctity of either, would clear his house of us, and send us to lodge with the larks, though the hour were midnight.
RINGO Starr's knighthood has divided opinion among Scousers after his inclusion in the New Year's Honours List.
THERESA May risks a damaging new cronyism row after the MP who holds her survival in his hands won a knighthood.