noun chiv·al·ry \ˈshi-vəl-rē\

: the system of values (such as loyalty and honor) that knights in the Middle Ages were expected to follow

: an honorable and polite way of behaving especially toward women

plural chiv·al·ries

Full Definition of CHIVALRY

:  mounted men-at-arms
a :  martial valor
b :  knightly skill
:  gallant or distinguished gentlemen
:  the system, spirit, or customs of medieval knighthood
:  the qualities of the ideal knight :  chivalrous conduct

Examples of CHIVALRY

  1. the knight's code of chivalry
  2. He paid her fare as an act of chivalry.

Origin of CHIVALRY

Middle English chivalrie, from Anglo-French chevalerie, from chevaler knight — more at chevalier
First Known Use: 14th century

Other History Terms

agonistic, carpetbagger, enceinte, fief, historiography, paladin


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