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 But his service to his country, and his gallantry, did not end there. CBS News, 27 May 2021 Moon also participated in a Medal of Honor ceremony for Ralph Puckett, a 94-year-old Army veteran who was celebrated for his gallantry during the Korean War more than 70 years ago. Aamer Madhani And Darlene Superville,, 21 May 2021 With Moon present, Biden on Friday will award the Medal of Honor to retired U.S. Army Colonel Ralph Puckett Jr. for his acts of gallantry in the Korean War. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 21 May 2021 Men were remembered for patriotism, gallantry, vigilance, boldness and honesty. Janice Hume, The Conversation, 12 Apr. 2021 It was also given to many individual soldiers in the unit for their gallantry. New York Times, 28 Feb. 2021 Some of the men of 369th (15th N.Y.) who received the Croix de Guerre for gallantry in action are seen in the photo below wearing their medals on board the USS Stockholm, Feb. 12, 1919, awaiting disembarkation in New York. Radhika Chalasani, ABC News, 25 Feb. 2021 For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. Drew Broach | Staff Writer,, 7 Dec. 2020 For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. Drew Broach | Staff Writer,, 7 Dec. 2020

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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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9 Jun 2021

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“Gallantry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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