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[shiv-uh l-ruh s] /ˈʃɪv əl rəs/
having the qualities of chivalry, as courage, courtesy, and loyalty.
considerate and courteous to women; gallant.
gracious and honorable toward an enemy, especially a defeated one, and toward the weak or poor.
Origin of chivalrous
1300-50; Middle English chevalrous < Middle French chevalerous, equivalent to chevalier chevalier + -ous -ous
Related forms
chivalrously, adverb
chivalrousness, noun
nonchivalrous, adjective
nonchivalrously, adverb
nonchivalrousness, noun
superchivalrous, adjective
superchivalrously, adverb
superchivalrousness, noun
unchivalrous, adjective
unchivalrously, adverb
unchivalrousness, noun
1. fearless, dauntless, valiant; courtly; faithful, true, devoted.
1. cowardly, rude, disloyal. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "You men shouldn't be so chivalrous," said Margaret thoughtfully.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • Wait till I do that which may gar her look at me,' said the chivalrous youth.

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Where were the chivalrous chieftains with their clans behind them?

  • To his mind his father embodied all that was noble, high-hearted, and chivalrous.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • So the boy scout of to-day must be chivalrous, manly, and gentlemanly.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • This much is said from the viewpoint of the ordinary sensible and chivalrous onlooker.

    Policing the Plains R.G. MacBeth
  • At the same time with their chivalrous literature, they had a mocking one.

  • The doctor was a chivalrous man, and did not try to rub in a sore.

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for chivalrous


gallant; courteous
involving chivalry
Derived Forms
chivalrously, adverb
chivalrousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French chevalerous, from chevalier
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for chivalrous

mid-14c., from Old French chevaleros "knightly, noble, chivalrous," from chevalier (see chevalier; also cf. chivalry). According to OED, obsolete in English and French from mid-16c. Not revived in French, but brought back in English late 18c. by romantic writers fond of medieval settings.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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