adjective chiv·al·rous \ ˈshi-vəl-rəs \
|Updated on: 9 Jul 2018

Definition of chivalrous

1 : valiant
  • chivalrous warriors
2 : of, relating to, or characteristic of chivalry and knight-errantry
  • a chivalrous quest
3 a : marked by honor, generosity, and courtesy
  • appreciated the chivalrous acts of the general
b : marked by gracious courtesy and high-minded consideration especially to women
  • A chivalrous man offered the woman his seat on the crowded bus.





Examples of chivalrous in a Sentence

  1. a kind and chivalrous man

  2. still engages in chivalrous behavior, such as holding doors for people

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Origin and Etymology of chivalrous

Synonym Discussion of chivalrous

civil, polite, courteous, gallant, chivalrous mean observant of the forms required by good breeding. civil often suggests little more than the avoidance of overt rudeness.
    • owed the questioner a civil reply
polite commonly implies polish of speech and manners and sometimes suggests an absence of cordiality.
    • if you can't be pleasant, at least be polite
courteous implies more actively considerate or dignified politeness.
    • clerks who were unfailingly courteous to customers
gallant and chivalrous imply courteous attentiveness especially to women. gallant suggests spirited and dashing behavior and ornate expressions of courtesy.
    • a gallant suitor of the old school
chivalrous suggests high-minded and self-sacrificing behavior.
    • a chivalrous display of duty

CHIVALROUS Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of chivalrous for English Language Learners

  • : behaving in an honorable or polite way especially toward women

  • : showing respect and politeness especially toward women

CHIVALROUS Defined for Kids


adjective chiv·al·rous \ ˈshi-vəl-rəs \

Definition of chivalrous for Students

1 : of or relating to a knight or knighthood
  • chivalrous adventures
2 : having or showing honor, generosity, and courtesy
  • a chivalrous and kind man
3 : showing special courtesy and regard to women
  • chivalrous behavior

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