Etymology
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knighthood (n.)

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.

updated on August 29, 2012

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Definitions of knighthood from WordNet

knighthood (n.)
aristocrats holding the rank of knight;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.