chi·​val·​ric shə-ˈval-rik How to pronounce chivalric (audio)
: relating to chivalry : chivalrous

Examples of chivalric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In November 2014, Francis removed Cardinal Burke from his position as the head of the Vatican’s highest court and instead named him to a largely ceremonial post for the medieval Roman Catholic chivalric religious order, the Knights of Malta. Ruth Graham, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2023 Gustave Doré's depiction of Don Quixote amid his fantasies of chivalric romance, the frontispiece to the 1863 Paris Hachette edition. Ilan Stavans,, 23 Aug. 2023 The nuanced set of rules resembles a chivalric code, positioning the players as modern-day knights protecting their brethren. Rachel Kurzius, Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2023 Cruise, still in love with what big mainstream movies used to be, has become a chivalric dreamer, striving to ensure their survival by sheer will. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 5 July 2023 Most of the writers attempting to imitate Tolkien weren’t steeped in the rhythm of Old English kennings, or the spiritual yearning of chivalric romance. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 2 June 2023 Team Herodotus, meanwhile, struggled on with the Christian chroniclers of the new European nations: Froissart on the chivalric slaughters of the Crusades, Geoffrey of Monmouth on the mythical origins of the English. Machiavelli’s revival of the Greek method was a heresy. Dominic Green, WSJ, 20 May 2022 What appeared new in Calvino’s novels was, in truth, a resurrection of something considerably older: a romantic simplicity nurtured by a devotion to the archetypes of epic and chivalric literature. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 27 Feb. 2023 In these later romances, Arthur fully becomes a literary, as opposed to pseudohistorical, figure — a symbol of chivalric virtue, and of the inevitable (but still heartbreaking) failure of utopian dreams. Jack Feerick, Discover Magazine, 12 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History


chivalry + -ic entry 1

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chivalric was in 1794

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“Chivalric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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