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

Definition of chivalric

: relating to chivalry : chivalrous

Examples of chivalric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Orlando Furioso combines classical literary themes with chivalric romance and science fiction. Jessica Riskin, The New York Review of Books, "When Engineers Were Humanists," 23 Feb. 2021 Researchers also uncovered tiny fragments thought to come from a 1590 edition of a Spanish chivalric romance book, The ancient, famous and honourable history of Amadis de Gaule. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Thousands of Rare Artifacts Discovered Beneath Tudor Manor’s Attic Floorboards," 17 Aug. 2020 In the ultimate epic novel, Don Quixote and his faithful Sancho Panza embark on an adventure to follow the values of the chivalric code: love, honor, duty, and adventure. Erin Coulehan, Teen Vogue, "8 Books to Crack Open While Society Closes Down Because of Coronavirus," 16 Mar. 2020 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

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First Known Use of chivalric

1794, in the meaning defined above

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“Chivalric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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