- The action of conferring a knighthood by the touch of a sword; to invest with a dignity or a new title. The ceremony was part of the world of homage and lordship, the dubbing being done by a lord. At the ceremony, the new knight was given the arms and weapons appropriate to his new status. The AnNor. word for the ceremony was *adoubement. [< OldEngl. dubbian = to knight by tapping the shoulder; OldFr. adouber = to equip with armour and accessories] -
Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases. Christopher Coredon with Ann Williams.