[ UK /nˈa‍ɪtli/ ]
[ US /ˈnaɪtɫi/ ]
  1. being attentive to women like an ideal knight
  2. characteristic of the time of chivalry and knighthood in the Middle Ages
    the knightly years
    chivalric rites
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How To Use knightly In A Sentence

  • Once this floodgate opens, there will be knightly surcharges for courses, laboratories, lecture hall air and library dust.
  • 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.
  • As the name suggests it concerns itself with chivalry, honour and knightly contests.
  • O Telamon, King of Salamis, the feeding ground of bees, who hast thy home in a sea-girt isle that lieth nigh the holy hills where first Athena made the grey olive-branch to appear, a crown for heavenly heads and a glory unto happy Athens, thou didst come in knightly brotherhood with that great archer, Alcemena's son, to sack our city The Trojan Women
  • There were the hostess and her daughter; three young noblemen, the purple stripes on each angusticlave telling of knightly rank; a Jewish prince in purple and gold; an old philosopher, and a poet who had been reading love lines. Vergilius A Tale of the Coming of Christ
  • 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.
  • He did also ungird the knightly sword belt from him, though he was absent, and by the judgment of all declared him infamous, a scoundrel, unworthy the name of Christian.
  • Henry was a serial adulterer; he too had a difficult relationship with Anselm; and he too was a devotee of knightly culture and worldly luxury.
  • He then hastened to the apartment of Lord Lacy, whom he met dressed in a long furred gown and the knightly cap called a mortier, irritated at the noise, and demanding to know the cause which had disturbed the repose of the household. Waverley
  • I did full uncourteously unto Sir Launcelot, and full unknightly, and full knightly and courteously he did to me again; for an he had been as ungentle to me as I was to him, this day I had won no worship. Le Morte d'Arthur: Sir Thomas Malory's book of King Arthur and of his noble knights of the Round table
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