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gallant

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noun gal·lant \gə-ˈlant, gə-ˈlänt, ˈga-lənt\

Definition of gallant

  1. 1 :  a young man of fashion

  2. 2 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>



14th Century

First Known Use of gallant

14th century

Rhymes with gallant


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gallant

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

Simple Definition of gallant

  • : showing courage : very brave

  • : large and impressive

  • : having or showing politeness and respect for women

Full Definition of gallant

  1. 1 :  showy in dress or bearing :  smart

  2. 2 a :  splendid, stately <a gallant ship> b :  spirited, brave <gallant efforts against the enemy> c :  nobly chivalrous and often self-sacrificing

  3. 3 :  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

Synonym Discussion of gallant

civil, polite, courteous, gallant, chivalrous mean observant of the forms required by good breeding. civil often suggests little more than the avoidance of overt rudeness <owed the questioner a civil reply>. polite commonly implies polish of speech and manners and sometimes suggests an absence of cordiality <if you can't be pleasant, at least be polite>. courteous implies more actively considerate or dignified politeness <clerks who were unfailingly courteous to customers>. gallant and chivalrous imply courteous attentiveness especially to women. gallant suggests spirited and dashing behavior and ornate expressions of courtesy <a gallant suitor of the old school>. chivalrous suggests high-minded and self-sacrificing behavior <a chivalrous display of duty>.

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gallant

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verb gal·lant \gə-ˈlant, -ˈlänt\

Definition of gallant

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pay court to (a lady) :  attend <used to gallant her in his youth — Washington Irving>

  3. 2 obsolete :  to manipulate (a fan) in a modish manner

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to pay court to ladies



1672

First Known Use of gallant

1672


Gallant

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biographical name Gal·lant \ga-ˈlant\

Definition of Gallant

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





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