Definition of Knight bachelor

1. Noun. A knight of the lowest order; could display only a pennon.

Exact synonyms: Bachelor, Bachelor-at-arms
Generic synonyms: Knight

Definition of Knight bachelor

1. Noun. (British) A man who has been knighted by the monarch but not as a member of one of the organized Orders of Chivalry; the lowest rank of knight in the British honours system. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Knight Bachelor

knifetooth sawfish
knight's service
knight's tour
knight's tours
knight bachelor (current term)
knight banneret
knight errantry
knight in shining armor
knight in shining armour
knight marshal
knight of the square flag

Literary usage of Knight bachelor

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1. The Church History of Britain: From the Birth of Jesus Christ Until the Year by Thomas Fuller, John Sherren Brewer (1845)
"... (the lowest form of coroneted nobility in that age,) his holiness understanding the same sir Reginald to be but a plain knight bachelor, created him the ..."

2. Cases and Opinions on Constitutional Law: And Various Points of English by William Forsyth (1869)
"... that the Crown may bestow the dignity of a knight bachelor on an Alien. Temple, December 9, 1814. MY LORD,—We have the honour to acknowledge the receipt ..."

3. Chambers's Encyclopædia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People (1878)
"Knight of the Thistle—KT Knight of the Bath's Wife—Like the wife of a Baronet or knight bachelor. Knight of the Bath—if a Knight Grand Cross, ..."

4. On the Origin of Universities and Academical Degrees by Henry Malden (1835)
"The knight bachelor furnished himself for the field, but he had no followers, and consequently unrolled no banner. Such a moderate estate as enabled a ..."

5. Essays on Chivalry, Romance, and the Drama by Walter Scott (1887)
"The most ancient, and originally the sole order of knighthood, was that of the Knight-Bachelor. This was the proper degree conferred by one knight on ..."

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