gallantry

noun

gal·​lant·​ry ˈga-lən-trē How to pronounce gallantry (audio)
plural gallantries
1
archaic : gallant appearance
2
a
: an act of marked courtesy
b
: courteous attention to a lady
c
: amorous attention or pursuit
3
: spirited and conspicuous bravery

Examples of gallantry in a Sentence

Many women were charmed by his old-fashioned gallantry. commended the rescuers for their gallantry
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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French galanterie, from galant gallant entry 1 + -erie -ery

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gallantry was in 1613

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Cite this Entry

“Gallantry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gallantry. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

gallantry

noun
gal·​lant·​ry ˈgal-ən-trē How to pronounce gallantry (audio)
plural gallantries
1
a
: an act of notable courtesy
b
: courteous attention to a woman
2
: notable bravery

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