gal·​lant·​ry | \ ˈga-lən-trē How to pronounce gallantry (audio) \
plural gallantries

Definition of gallantry

1 archaic : gallant appearance
2a : an act of marked courtesy
b : courteous attention to a lady
c : amorous attention or pursuit
3 : spirited and conspicuous bravery

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Examples of gallantry in a Sentence

Many women were charmed by his old-fashioned gallantry. commended the rescuers for their gallantry
Recent Examples on the Web Two years later, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for distinguished gallantry in action at Rio Grande de la Pampanga and was appointed brigadier general in 1901. Paula Allen,, "San Antonio Fort Sam’s Maj. Gen. Frederick Funston was perhaps the post’s most famous commander after Pershing," 4 Apr. 2020 He was once injured in an anti-militant operation and was later given the Indian president’s gallantry award. Washington Post, "Decorated Indian officer arrested for Kashmir rebel ties," 13 Jan. 2020 Initially given the Air Force Cross, the second-highest award for battlefield gallantry for Air Force personnel, the medal was upgraded Dec. 8, 2000, after a review ordered by then-Air Force Secretary F. Whitten Peters. Sig Christenson,, "San Antonio veteran’s story helped Hollywood recognize a hero," 13 Jan. 2020 In 1944, he was awarded the Military Cross — Britain’s third-highest decoration for gallantry (at that time reserved for officers) — after leading a bayonet charge against a German machine gun nest. Alan Cowell, New York Times, "Michael Howard, Eminent British Military Historian, Dies at 97," 1 Dec. 2019 Sansom is one of the daring women who engaged in gallantry and sacrifice in the service of Britain’s secret agency, the Special Operations Executive. Washington Post, "The female spies who helped liberate World War II France," 9 Aug. 2019 But Mack gave his Conrad a pleasing relatability, with an air of gallantry and warmth. Sarah L. Kaufman, Washington Post, "The Washington Ballet let Brooklyn Mack go. The popular dancer landed at the Metropolitan Opera House.," 18 June 2019 Brittany takes a job as a house sitter and dog-walker, and soon learns there’s a third-shift sitter (Utkarsh Ambudkar) of minimal ambition but detectable gallantry. Michael Phillips,, "‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ review: Jillian Bell excels as a trainwreck who gets back on the rails," 26 Aug. 2019 The honor goes to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty. Washington Post, "Trump awards highest military honor to Iraq War veteran," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of gallantry

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gallantry

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

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The first known use of gallantry was in 1613

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15 Apr 2020

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“Gallantry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gallantry

: very brave behavior
: polite attention shown by a man to a woman


gal·​lant·​ry | \ ˈga-lən-trē How to pronounce gallantry (audio) \

Kids Definition of gallantry

1 : courageous behavior : bravery He showed gallantry in battle.
2 : polite attention shown to women

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