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.


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

Old English cnihthad “the period between childhood and manhood;” see knight (n.) + -hood. Sense of “rank or dignity of a knight” is from c.1300, and probably is an independent formation.

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