Adjective "knighted" definition and examples

(Knighted may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/nʌɪt/

Definitions and examples

noun

(in the Middle Ages) a man who served his sovereign or lord as a mounted soldier in armour.
  1. 'Heraldry originated in medieval warfare and tournaments when it was necessary to identify knights who were completely covered in armour.'
  2. 'The barons mobilized every man they could and put six hundred knights into the field.'
  3. 'In 1118 he invaded Egypt, with a tiny army of only 216 knights and 400 foot soldiers.'
  4. 'The count of that land, Theobald, hosted a grand event that was attended by knights from all over northern France.'
  5. 'The primary service was military duty as a mounted knight.'
  6. 'These were made up of ‘feudal’ levies, in which the knight owed service to his lord in return for land.'
  7. 'The Earl of Salisbury and almost all of the English knights were killed.'
  8. 'This was true of knights, nobles and princes - all ranks of the feudal aristocracy produced younger sons prepared to maintain rank through military force.'
  9. 'Few castles can boast the historic pedigree of Cathcart, which dates back to the days of Sir Alan Cathcart, a knight who served with Robert the Bruce.'
  10. 'The land taken - and taken is the word - by the Anglo-Normans, was divided up in the usual way and given to their knights, as reward for military service.'
  11. 'England's wars, waged successfully by humble bowmen as well as knights and noblemen, created among all ranks a self-confidence that warmed English hearts.'
  12. 'The sort of men who got themselves chosen to be knights of the shire in the late thirteenth century were exactly the sort of men who always had attended the great political assemblies.'
  13. 'Cumberland, like the other counties, sent two knights of the shire to Parliament.'
  14. 'in all your quarrels I will be your knight'
  15. 'He would become her knight and devote himself to her service, though his passion for her would rarely be consummated.'
  16. 'In one of Chaucer's earliest poems, The Book of the Duchess, a knight is overheard in the forest lamenting the death of his lady.'
(in the UK) a man awarded a non-hereditary title by the sovereign in recognition of merit or service and entitled to use the honorific ‘Sir’ in front of his name.
  1. 'In 1925 Asquith accepted a peerage as Earl of Oxford and Asquith and was created a knight of the garter shortly afterwards.'
  2. 'Leading the North Yorkshire awards in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, published today, is the county's newest knight, Sir Robert Ogden.'
A chess piece, typically with its top shaped like a horse's head, that moves by jumping to the opposite corner of a rectangle two squares by three. Each player starts the game with two knights.
  1. 'He moved his knight forward and deftly captured one of her pawns.'
  2. 'Indeed, the knight is the only chess piece that covers an asymmetrical pattern of squares.'

verb

Invest (someone) with the title of knight.
  1. 'He was knighted for this work in 1911, but was forced to retire from foreign service due to adverse affects of the tropics on his health.'
  2. 'Lean was nominated for Oscars for directing, adapting and editing the film, and in June 1984 he was knighted.'
  3. 'Sir Howard was knighted last year, largely for helping bring the Commonwealth Games to Manchester.'
  4. 'But it was for his successful plundering of Spanish merchant ships that he was knighted.'
  5. 'He was knighted in 1671 by Charles II, and lies buried in the church of St Peter Mancroft, Norwich.'
  6. 'Both Hillary and Hunt were knighted by the queen following the expedition.'
  7. 'The Queen knighted him in 1988 as a reward for his long service to her.'
  8. 'In 1942 he was knighted, no doubt partly due to his heroic service to his country during both wars.'
  9. 'A founder member of the National Portrait Society in 1911, he was knighted in 1936.'
  10. 'He was knighted in 1979 for services to disabled people and died in 1982.'

More definitions

1. a mounted soldier serving under a feudal superior in the Middle Ages.

2. (in Europe in the Middle Ages) a man, usually of noble birth, who after an apprenticeship as page and squire was raised to honorable military rank and bound to chivalrous conduct.

3. any person of a rank similar to that of the medieval knight.

4. a man upon whom the nonhereditary dignity of knighthood is conferred by a sovereign because of personal merit or for services rendered to the country. In Great Britain

More examples(as adjective)

"sirs can be knighted."

"servants can be knighted."

"generals can be knighted."

"editors can be knighted."

"actors can be knighted."

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Origin

(knight)Old English cniht ‘boy, youth, servant’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch knecht and German Knecht. knight (sense 2 of the noun) dates from the mid 16th century; the uses relating to Greek and Roman history derive from comparison with medieval knights.

Phrase

knight in shining armour (or knight on a white charger)
knight of the road