Definition of knighthood in English:

knighthood

noun

  • The title, rank, or status of a knight.

    ‘he received a knighthood in the Birthday Honours’
    mass noun ‘the basis of feudal knighthood’
    • ‘Actress Dorothy Tutin was also invested as a Dame Commander and actor Michael Caine received a knighthood.’
    • ‘Much loved comedy legend Eric Sykes has scooped a top honour - but missed out on his knighthood.’
    • ‘The two men received knighthoods at about the same time.’
    • ‘The screen veteran is the biggest name on the Queen's birthday honours list, receiving a knighthood.’
    • ‘When his knighthood was announced in the birthday honours list in June, he paid tribute to the people who work for the charities he has supported.’
    • ‘In 1999 his charity work gained him a knighthood to add to his life peerage from Margaret Thatcher.’
    • ‘Nowadays, major disclosures of the soon-to-be recipients of knighthoods and peerages are commonplace.’
    • ‘This gave rise to doubts about whether he was fit to receive a knighthood.’
    • ‘The Welsh rugby fan said he was delighted to meet Sir Clive Woodward, who was at the palace to receive his knighthood.’
    • ‘Honours, such as knighthoods, peerages, and other decorations, are awarded on his recommendation.’
    • ‘And yet he remained the only major explorer of the age never to receive a knighthood.’
    • ‘Honorary knighthoods for foreign citizens are occasionally presented at investitures at the Palace.’
    • ‘He has received a knighthood in recognition of his services to education.’
    • ‘Sir Richard Thompson received a knighthood for his post as head of the Queen's medical household and physician to the Queen.’
    • ‘Professor Ian Kershaw received a knighthood for his services to history.’
    • ‘In February 2002 he received a knighthood from the Queen for his services to local government.’
    • ‘At the age of 69, Scotland's most famous son has finally received a knighthood.’
    • ‘Tight new spending limits are set to be imposed on Britain's political parties to stop them going cap in hand to donors angling for peerages, knighthoods and other favours.’
    • ‘Prince's Trust chief executive Tom Shebbeare received a knighthood in the Queen's personal honours list.’
    • ‘Unlike the hereditary peerages of old, knighthoods are not bestowed according to birth or social status.’
    knight errantry, the knightly code, courtly manners, knightliness, courtliness, nobility, magnanimity
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Pronunciation

knighthood

/ˈnʌɪthʊd/