chi·​val·​ric | \ shə-ˈval-rik How to pronounce chivalric (audio) \

Definition of chivalric

: relating to chivalry : chivalrous

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Recent Examples on the Web In her research, Durran found a particular use of handmade lace that reflected that chivalric sensibility and incorporated detailing from paintings and contemporary fashion pages throughout Meg’s wardrobe. Mary Sollosi,, "Little Women costume designer breaks down the March sisters' beautiful, 'radical' wardrobes," 30 Dec. 2019 The family was schooled in the chivalric tradition. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "They came to see ‘Aladdin’ but got stuck in a Kennedy Center elevator," 18 Aug. 2019 Its aesthetic high tide was The Birth of a Nation (1915), the silver-screen culmination of sentimental plantation novels that slandered Reconstruction and reimagined slavery as a chivalric idyll. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 10 May 2019 And what follows is a big, classic quest as the four kids journey through the countryside and learn about sword fighting, the chivalric code, teamwork, trust and the Lady of the Lake (who can be conjured in any body of water). Lindsey Bahr, The Seattle Times, "‘The Kid Who Would Be King’: a refreshing take on the Arthurian legend," 23 Jan. 2019 In it, an old, retired, and slightly kooky nobleman named Alonso Quixano reads too many chivalric romances. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’s long, possibly cursed journey to the big screen, explained," 9 May 2018 Here and throughout his informed and insightful book, Mr. Jones makes a convincing argument that in life the Black Prince embodied the chivalric aura that radiates from his splendid effigy. Stephen Brumwell, WSJ, "‘The Black Prince’ Review: When Knighthood Was in Flower," 6 June 2018 There were plates, bowls, ice cups and serving dishes, each adorned with the chivalric order’s star and ribbon. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Hunting for the art squirrels of Washington: Artists have rendered the critters in all sorts of ways," 20 Apr. 2018 In 2015, Welch was awarded the chivalric Order of Australia for exemplary service. San Francisco Chronicle, "Meet the San Francisco Ballet dozen of ‘Unbound: A Festival of New Works’," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of chivalric

1794, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jan 2020

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“Chivalric.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chivalric

: of or relating to the knights who fought in the Middle Ages

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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