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chivalrous

[shiv-uh l-ruh s]
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adjective
  1. having the qualities of chivalry, as courage, courtesy, and loyalty.
  2. considerate and courteous to women; gallant.
  3. gracious and honorable toward an enemy, especially a defeated one, and toward the weak or poor.
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Origin of chivalrous

1300–50; Middle English chevalrous < Middle French chevalerous, equivalent to chevalier chevalier + -ous -ous
Related formschiv·al·rous·ly, adverbchiv·al·rous·ness, nounnon·chiv·al·rous, adjectivenon·chiv·al·rous·ly, adverbnon·chiv·al·rous·ness, nounsu·per·chiv·al·rous, adjectivesu·per·chiv·al·rous·ly, adverbsu·per·chiv·al·rous·ness, nounun·chiv·al·rous, adjectiveun·chiv·al·rous·ly, adverbun·chiv·al·rous·ness, noun

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1. fearless, dauntless, valiant; courtly; faithful, true, devoted.

Antonyms

1. cowardly, rude, disloyal.
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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


British Dictionary definitions for chivalrous

chivalrous

adjective
  1. gallant; courteous
  2. involving chivalry
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Derived Formschivalrously, adverbchivalrousness, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French chevalerous, from chevalier
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Word Origin and History for chivalrous

adj.

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.

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