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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 That relatable humanity was crystallized in Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie), who spent years striving for the recognition of her chivalrous peers and finally got it when Jaime Lannister tapped her on the shoulder with his sword. The Atlantic, "The 15 Best TV Moments of 2019," 19 Dec. 2019 But there is nothing chivalrous about disrespecting someone’s stated wishes. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Midlife dater ignores red flag waving," 5 Dec. 2019 But there is nothing chivalrous about disrespecting someone’s stated wishes. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Midlife dater ignores red flag waving," 5 Dec. 2019 But there is nothing chivalrous about disrespecting someone’s stated wishes. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Midlife dater ignores red flag waving," 5 Dec. 2019 As Roy disarms Betty with his twinkly smile and chivalrous attentions, Stephen smells a rat. Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Good Liar': Film Review," 7 Nov. 2019 Khaseen, who had just started his senior year at Oceanside High School, walked a girl home from a party on Sunday night, a chivalrous act that led to his slaying, family members said. David K. Li, NBC News, "Teen fatally stabbed as dozens watched, some rolling video rather than helping, police say," 18 Sep. 2019 Anyone who did anything less than chivalrous—say, striking an opponent in the groin, neck, or other sensitive region—risked a color card from the ref. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "For These Sword-Wielding Warriors, Medieval Battles Live On," 27 Aug. 2019 The narrator then steps in to offer his aid, and —in moment that in 2019 that reads, decidedly, creepy—pushes the two back together in a less-than-chivalrous manner. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Fragment of ‘The Rose Thorn,’ a Poem About a Talking Vulva, Dated to the 1300s," 3 Aug. 2019

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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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24 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Chivalrous.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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