court of chivalry

Definition of court of chivalry

  1. 1 often capitalized both Cs :  an English court originally dealing with military discipline but at various times trying cases concerning prisoners of war, high treason and rebellion, peerage claims, offenses against the honor of other persons, and usurpation or unlawful assumption of honors and still retaining jurisdiction in cases involving the right to armorial bearings — see court of honor 1b court of the constable and marshal earl marshal's court

  2. 2 :  court of honor

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