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

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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 His mother was a Dutch Protestant; his father, Albert, was a Spanish Jew born in Turkey who fought the Ottoman Empire in World War I and was wounded, cited for gallantry and given British citizenship. New York Times, "George Blake, British Spy Who Betrayed the West, Dies at 98," 26 Dec. 2020 For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. Drew Broach | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "On Pearl Harbor Day, meet Louisiana's World War II recipients of Medal of Honor," 7 Dec. 2020 For distinguished gallantry and valor above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Growler during her fourth war patrol in the southwest Pacific from 10 January to 7 February 1943. Drew Broach | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "On Pearl Harbor Day, meet Louisiana's World War II recipients of Medal of Honor," 7 Dec. 2020 Renic writes that when aircraft first entered the modern arsenal, in the nineteen-tens, fighter pilots engaged in dogfights reminiscent of the gallantry of a medieval duel. Anand Gopal, The New Yorker, "America’s War on Syrian Civilians," 14 Dec. 2020 Through his outstanding gallantry in sacrificing his life for his comrades, Sgt. Drew Broach | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "On Pearl Harbor Day, meet Louisiana's World War II recipients of Medal of Honor," 7 Dec. 2020 For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. Drew Broach | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "On Veterans Day, meet all 26 of Louisiana's Medal of Honor recipients," 10 Nov. 2020 There was the old-fashioned gallantry of the Spaniards. John Dos Passos, National Review, "Reminiscences of a Middle-Class Radical," 28 Sep. 2020 Thomas Payne for conspicuous gallantry on Oct. 22, 2015, during a nighttime hostage rescue in Kirkuk province, Iraq. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Today, we remember," 11 Sep. 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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16 Jan 2021

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“Gallantry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gallantry. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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gallantry

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How to pronounce gallantry (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of gallantry

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

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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