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chivalry

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noun chiv·al·ry \ˈshi-vəl-rē\

Simple Definition of chivalry

  • : 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

Full Definition of chivalry

plural chiv·al·ries

  1. 1 :  mounted men-at-arms

  2. 2 archaic a :  martial valor b :  knightly skill

  3. 3 :  gallant or distinguished gentlemen

  4. 4 :  the system, spirit, or customs of medieval knighthood

  5. 5 :  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



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