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knight

noun [C]  us   /nɑɪt/
(in the past) a man of high rank who was trained to fight as a soldier on a horse: I’m reading about King Arthur and his knights. A knight is a playing piece in the game of chess that is often shaped like a horse’s head.
knighthood
noun [C]  us   /ˈnɑɪt·hʊd/

knight

verb [T]  us   /nɑɪt/
in Britain, to give a person a rank of honor because of that person’s special achievements: He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
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