gallantry

noun
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

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 The Congressional Medal of Honor Society quotes the official citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. James Freeman, WSJ, 27 May 2022 The gallantry of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who was offered evacuation by the United States but decided to stay with his people in Kyiv, has surely played a role in galvanizing Ukrainian resistance as well as international support. David Faris, The Week, 3 Mar. 2022 And the gallantry displayed by the Ukrainian resistance and the Western support for Kyiv should be discouraging to Beijing’s designs on Taiwan, which is no small thing. The Editors, National Review, 28 Feb. 2022 The failings were legion, committed by a unit of the British military once known for its gallantry and prowess in theaters of conflict as far-flung as Arnhem in the Netherlands during World War II and the Falklands in 1982. Alan Cowell, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Jan. 2022 The failings were legion, committed by a unit of the British military once known for its gallantry and prowess in theaters of conflict as far-flung as Arnhem in the Netherlands during World War II and the Falklands in 1982. New York Times, 29 Jan. 2022 He was wounded in action and received a Silver Star for gallantry. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, 31 Jan. 2022 In response comes the comedy of old-American resistance to all that explosive energy, struggling to hold on to order and decency and gallantry. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2022 Because of such dives he'd been awarded royal medals for both gallantry and chivalry. Rebecca Coffey, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Gallantry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gallantry. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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gallantry

noun
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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