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Pronunciation:  'nIt`hûd

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  aristocrats holding the rank of knight

KNIGHTHOOD is a 10 letter word that starts with K.


 See Also: aristocracy, nobility



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Knight"hood\, n. [Knight + hood: cf. AS. chihth[=a]d
1. The character, dignity, or condition of a knight, or of
   knights as a class; hence, chivalry. ``O shame to
   knighthood.'' --Shak.

         If you needs must write, write C[ae]sar's praise;
         You 'll gain at least a knighthood, or the bays.

2. The whole body of knights.

         The knighthood nowadays are nothing like the
         knighthood of old time.               --Chapman.

Note: ``When the order of knighthood was conferred with full
      solemnity in the leisure of a court or court or city,
      imposing preliminary ceremonies were required of the
      candidate. He prepared himself by prayer and fasting,
      watched his arms at night in a chapel, and was then
      admitted with the performance of religious rites.
      Knighthood was conferred by the accolade, which, from
      the derivation of the name, would appear to have been
      originally an embrace; but afterward consisted, as it
      still does, in a blow of the flat of a sword on the
      back of the kneeling candidate.'' --Brande & C.

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 Related Terms: arms, art of war, baronetcy, barony, chivalry, dukedom, earldom, generalship, kingship, knight-errantship, ladyship, lordship, marquisate, pashadom, princedom, princeship, queenship, seignioralty, seigniory, viscountcy, viscountship, viscounty, war