chevalier

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noun che·va·lier \ˌshe-və-ˈlir, especially for senses 1b and 2 also shə-ˈval-ˌyā\

Definition of chevalier

  1. 1a :  cavalier 2b :  a member of any of various orders of knighthood or of merit (such as the Legion of Honor)

  2. 2a :  a member of the lowest rank of French nobilityb :  a cadet of the French nobility

  3. 3 :  a chivalrous man

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Origin and Etymology of chevalier

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin caballarius horseman — more at cavalier


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