chiv·​al·​rous | \ ˈshi-vəl-rəs How to pronounce chivalrous (audio) \

Definition of chivalrous

1 : valiant chivalrous warriors
2 : of, relating to, or characteristic of chivalry and knight-errantry a chivalrous quest
3a : 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.

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Other Words from chivalrous

chivalrously adverb
chivalrousness noun

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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

Examples of chivalrous in a Sentence

a kind and chivalrous man still engages in chivalrous behavior, such as holding doors for people
Recent Examples on the Web Gone with the Wind, which, with its portraits of buoyant, slavery-loving enslaved people and chivalrous Confederate officers, won the Pulitzer. Benjamin Nugent, Harper's Magazine, "The Still Center of Destruction," 27 Apr. 2021 This narrative — which paints men as entirely altruistic, selfless, even chivalrous for supporting women — is simply false. Ellevate, Forbes, "How Men Benefit From Close Relationships With Women At Work," 18 Mar. 2021 People from poorer countries were less inclined to run down jaywalkers; those from high-inequality countries were more deferential to people with briefcases; and those from gender-equal countries were more chivalrous to women. George Musser, Scientific American, "Survey Polls the World: Should a Self-Driving Car Save Passengers, or Kids in the Road?," 24 Oct. 2018 As a Knight of Columbus, Andrew perfected a chivalrous task: Knights protect the weak. Nr Symposium, National Review, "Men of Heroic Virtue Can Live in the World Today — Andrew Walther Did," 6 Dec. 2020 Romantic comedies — and predatory men — have all but ruined the chivalrous gesture. Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Umbrella gesture misunderstood — or not," 28 Nov. 2020 For years, Maye escaped into fantasy worlds where men didn’t abuse women, where men were caring and chivalrous and gentle. Hallie Lieberman, Wired, "The Musk of Romance," 11 June 2020 The virtual date started with the chivalrous gesture of flowers delivered to Haddish’s door, followed by some laughs and a deep conversation about their goals in life. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Watch Tiffany Haddish And Common Go On A Virtual Bumble Date," 23 Apr. 2020 The glimmer of hope, suggested by Ai’ai’s final chivalrous act and by her seeming solidarity with Zhou’s wife, is too faint to lift the grim sky of the film. Jiwei Xiao, The New York Review of Books, "Into the Uncharted Zone: Diao Yinan’s ‘The Wild Goose Lake’," 14 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of chivalrous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chivalrous

see chivalry

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The first known use of chivalrous was in the 14th century

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2 May 2021

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“Chivalrous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chivalrous

: behaving in an honorable or polite way especially toward women
: showing respect and politeness especially toward women


chiv·​al·​rous | \ ˈshi-vəl-rəs How to pronounce chivalrous (audio) \

Kids Definition of chivalrous

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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