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
Recent Examples on the Web Superheroes have long been depicted wearing capes, which symbolize gallantry and underscore the fanciful nature of the superhero genre. Greg Hanlon, Peoplemag, 25 Apr. 2024 These anecdotes revealed Daniel as someone who respected his elders and displayed gallantry — values Betker strived to impart to his son. Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 28 Jan. 2024 In 1989 he was awarded a Silver Star for gallantry. Trip Gabriel, New York Times, 21 Dec. 2023 This time Ernaux is the erotic master, treating the man, with stilted gallantry, to the violence of genuine passion. Tobi Haslett, Harper's Magazine, 18 Sep. 2023 Across its emerald landscape there is an undulant sea of simple white religious symbols that mark the final resting place of those who served their country with honor and gallantry and an impressive blend of quiet patriotism. Thomas Farragher, BostonGlobe.com, 26 May 2023 That gallantry has long been an obscure footnote in Boston history, although the family, which built a thriving copper business that Paul Revere had founded in 1801, remained aware of the brothers’ Civil War saga. Brian MacQuarrie, BostonGlobe.com, 28 May 2023 For his service, Kelley was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action against the enemy, a Purple Heart, a Combat Infantry Badge, a Prisoner of War Medal, a Good Conduct Medal, a WW2 Victory Medal, a Sharpshooter Badge and a Legion of Honor, awarded by France. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Mar. 2023 On December 16, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., will award the Medal of Honor to Sergeant First Class Alwyn C. Cashe, United States Army, Sergeant First Class Christopher A. Celiz, United States Army, and Master Sergeant Earl D. Plumlee, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry. James Freeman, WSJ, 13 Dec. 2021

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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 14 Jun. 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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