che·​va·​lier | \ ˌshe-və-ˈlir How to pronounce chevalier (audio) , especially for senses 1b and 2 also shə-ˈval-ˌyā How to pronounce chevalier (audio) \

Definition of chevalier

b : a member of any of various orders of knighthood or of merit (such as the Legion of Honor)
2a : a member of the lowest rank of French nobility
b : a cadet of the French nobility
3 : a chivalrous man

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Last year, in a ceremony in New York, she was named a chevalier in the French order of arts and letters. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, "Susannah Hunnewell, Publisher of The Paris Review, Dies at 52," 15 June 2019 All three were named chevaliers of the Legion of Honor. Contributing Writer,, "He's the field general for the Greatest Generation in New Orleans," 11 Apr. 2018 For these, he was awarded the Croix de Guerre, made a chevalier of the Legion of Honor and promoted as a war hero in a political career that lofted him to prominence as a cabinet minister in several governments. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Liliane Bettencourt, L’Oréal Heiress Vexed by Swindling Case, Is Dead at 94," 21 Sep. 2017 What is an English match for a German Ritter or French chevalier? Ken Denmead, WIRED, "A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Jan. 30," 30 Jan. 2012

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First Known Use of chevalier

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for chevalier

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin caballarius horseman — more at cavalier entry 2

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