Etymology
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knightly (adj.)

Old English cnihtlic "boyish, childish;" see knight (n.) + -ly (1). Meaning "chivalrous, befitting a knight" is from late 14c.

updated on March 23, 2016

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Definitions of knightly from WordNet

knightly (adj.)
characteristic of the time of chivalry and knighthood in the Middle Ages;
the knightly years
Synonyms: chivalric / medieval
knightly (adj.)
being attentive to women like an ideal knight;
Synonyms: chivalrous / gallant
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