- 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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Examples from the Web for gallantly
He was there at Gettysburg, gallantly leading outnumbered Yankee divisions before suffering a neck injury.Good Man, Abner Doubleday
March 4, 2013
“I see what this man [the president] sees in you,” Stewart gallantly replied.Michelle Obama’s Media Blitz Through ‘The Daily Show,’ ‘The View’ & More
May 30, 2012
He took the hand which she extended and, bending over it, kissed it gallantly.Viviette
William J. Locke
We gallantly declared that we thoroughly agreed with these principles of the toilette.Freeland
"It is very kind of you to return at all," replied Dan, gallantly enough.The Inn at the Red Oak
"You may have seen twenty summers," gallantly conjectured Vivian.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
A few of them gallantly reached the Turkish trenches and fell there.With Manchesters in the East
Gerald B. Hurst
- 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 gallantly
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.).