Definition of knightly in English:


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adjectiveadjective knightlier, adjective knightliest

  • Associated with or typical of a knight; chivalrous.

    ‘a knightly quest’
    • ‘As the name suggests it concerns itself with chivalry, honour and knightly contests.’
    • ‘The code of chivalry that embodied the knightly ideals - honor, generosity and courtesy - became the code of honor of the gentleman, and the foundation of fencing etiquette.’
    • ‘It was possible for young men of relatively low status to make a mark through their prowess, but in general the participants were already of noble or at least knightly birth.’
    • ‘In theory, knightly honour allowed only two alternatives, death or capture.’
    • ‘Malory was first and foremost a chronicler of secular chivalry, and his version of the Grail story brings out the tensions between the Grail's religious idealism and its context of knightly life and exploits.’
    gallant, noble, valiant, heroic, courageous, brave, bold, intrepid, dauntless, fearless, stout-hearted
    upper-class, well born, high-born, noble, of noble birth, aristocratic, lordly, patrician, blue-blooded, titled
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/ˈnītlē/ /ˈnaɪtli/