noun \gə-ˈlant, gə-ˈlänt, ˈga-lənt\

Definition of GALLANT

:  a young man of fashion
a :  ladies' man
b :  suitor
c :  paramour

Examples of GALLANT

  1. <he was quite a gallant, primping more than either of his sisters>
  2. <she had a whole host of gallants vying for her hand in marriage>

First Known Use of GALLANT

14th century

Rhymes with GALLANT


adjective \ˈga-lənt (usually in sense 2); gə-ˈlant, gə-ˈlänt (usually in sense 3)\

: showing courage : very brave

: large and impressive

: having or showing politeness and respect for women

Full Definition of GALLANT

:  showy in dress or bearing :  smart
a :  splendid, stately <a gallant ship>
b :  spirited, brave <gallant efforts against the enemy>
c :  nobly chivalrous and often self-sacrificing
:  courteously and elaborately attentive especially to ladies
gal·lant·ly adverb

Examples of GALLANT

  1. The defenders of the fort made a gallant stand.
  2. They failed to reach the summit, but they made a gallant attempt.
  3. He greeted her with a gallant bow.
  4. He offered her his seat in a gallant gesture.

Origin of GALLANT

Middle English galaunt, from Middle French galant, from present participle of galer to have a good time, from Old French, from gale pleasure, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English wela weal — more at weal
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to GALLANT

bold, courageous, dauntless, doughty, fearless, brave, greathearted, gutsy, gutty, heroic (also heroical), intrepid, lionhearted, manful, stalwart, stout, stouthearted, undauntable, undaunted, valiant, valorous
chicken, chickenhearted, chicken-livered, coward, cowardly, craven, dastardly, fainthearted, fearful, gutless, lily-livered, milk-livered [archaic], nerveless, poltroon, poor-spirited, pusillanimous, spineless, spiritless, timorous, uncourageous, ungallant, unheroic, weakhearted, yellow
See Synonym Discussion at civil


verb \gə-ˈlant, -ˈlänt\

Definition of GALLANT

transitive verb
:  to pay court to (a lady) :  attend <used to gallant her in his youth — Washington Irving>
obsolete :  to manipulate (a fan) in a modish manner
intransitive verb
:  to pay court to ladies

First Known Use of GALLANT



biographical name \ga-ˈlant\

Definition of GALLANT

Mavis 1922– originally Mavis de Trafford Young Canad.-Fr. writer


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