- brave, spirited, noble-minded, or chivalrous: a gallant knight; a gallant rescue attempt.
- exceptionally polite and attentive to women; courtly.
- stately; grand: a gallant pageant.
- showy, colorful, or stylish, as in dress; magnificent.
- amorous; amatory.
- a brave, noble-minded, or chivalrous man.
- a man exceptionally attentive to women.
- a stylish and dashing man.
- a suitor or lover.
- a paramour.
- to court or act as a lover of (a woman).
- to escort (a woman).
- to attend or pay court as a gallant.
Origin of gallant
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- Mavis,1922–2014, Canadian short-story writer.
Examples from the Web for gallant
He just made the gallant, grand decision to free up his day to spend more time with Jennifer Aniston.How to Quit Your High-Profile Job Like a Champion
June 1, 2014
One “gallant old doctor” says he finds it unsuitable she is in a mortuary.Death Became Her: Molly Lefebure’s Wartime Years of Murder and Suicide
April 2, 2014
He got married (“one wife enough”), had kids, left his job, survived a few more attacks, went gray, and no longer drove a Gallant.
I plan to see if he can pick me up in a Gallant—for good luck.
"My God, My Glock, and my Gallant" Above hardpan deserts, red dawns chased away Orion, the Hunter, day after night.
Mortimer's gallant act had roused the Irishman's admiration.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
At this period the gallant O'Neill was in great uncertainty.Ridgeway
And then come the fighting-men—a gallant, ragged, indomitable band.
But they are gallant men and while life lasts they will not be denied.
Gallant men of our own army will be overwhelmed unless we get up in time!The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
- brave and high-spirited; courageous and honourable; dashinga gallant warrior
- (ɡəˈlænt, ˈɡælənt) (of a man) attentive to women; chivalrous
- imposing; dignified; statelya gallant ship
- archaic showy in dress
- a woman's lover or suitor
- a dashing or fashionable young man, esp one who pursues women
- a brave, high-spirited, or adventurous man
- (when intr, usually foll by with) to court or flirt (with)
- (tr) to attend or escort (a woman)
Word Origin and History for gallant
mid-15c., "showy, finely dressed; gay, merry," from Old French galant "courteous," earlier "amusing, entertaining; lively, bold" (14c.), present participle of galer "rejoice, make merry," generally held to be from Latinized verb form of Frankish *wala- "good, well," from Proto-Germanic *wal- (cf. Old High German wallon "to wander, go on a pilgrimage"), from PIE *wel- "to wish, will" (see will (v.)), "but the transition of sense offers difficulties that are not fully cleared up" [OED]. Sense of "politely attentive to women" was adopted 17c. from French.
"man of fashion and pleasure," mid-15c., earlier "dissolute man, rake" (early 15c.); from gallant (adj.).