gal·​lant·​ry | \ ˈga-lən-trē \
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

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His response to their neglect was a love that looks very much like gallantry. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Churchill’s Adversaries Weren’t His Enemies," 20 Dec. 2018 Fox News has been quick to criticize Acosta for grandstanding during the Trump administration, but many of the network’s stars took the CNN correspondent’s side in the name of both free press and simple gallantry. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Unlikely bedfellows form to condemn Maxine Waters, defend CNN's Jim Acosta in the name of civility," 27 June 2018 He has been awarded two purple hearts, a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, and the Navy's medal for gallantry. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "For Veteran John Kirchner, It's 40 Years And Counting," 11 June 2018 George Sheets would earn the Silver Star for gallantry outside of Vennikel, Germany. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "At 100, Army nurse looks back on D-Day," 3 June 2018 Both had served in the Mexican War, both been lauded for gallantry and promoted to higher rank. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "These Generals Were the Closest of Enemies," 24 May 2018 Each one finds the individuality that Chekhov, with uncanny sympathy and sly gallantry, imparted to his female characters. Stephen Karam, New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Seagull,’ a Great Play, a Great Cast and Yet ...," 9 May 2018 But insistent or clumsy flirting is not a crime, nor is gallantry a chauvinist aggression. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "It’s Time to Resist the Excesses of #MeToo," 12 Jan. 2018 But insistent or clumsy flirting is not a crime, nor is gallantry a chauvinist aggression. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "It’s Time to Resist the Excesses of #MeToo," 12 Jan. 2018

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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 2 + -erie -ery

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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 \

Kids Definition of gallantry

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

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to deny responsibility for

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