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[gal-uh n-tree] /ˈgæl ən tri/
noun, plural gallantries.
dashing courage; heroic bravery; noble-minded behavior.
gallant or courtly attention to women.
a gallant act, action, or speech.
Origin of gallantry
1600-10; < Middle French galanterie, equivalent to Old French galant (see gallant) + -erie -ry
1. daring, valor, heroism. 2. chivalry, courtliness.
1. cowardice. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "But you know language is conventional, especially in gallantry," said Russell.

  • He is a man of wit and gallantry—I am unpractised in the ways of the world.

  • "It is enough if I've been useful," he rose in gallantry to the emergency.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • The stranger, however, picking up her cap with an air of gallantry, interposed.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Jarrett introduced Knoedler, who had suggested this piece of gallantry.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • How I admire the gallantry of your youthful spirit, Mr. Lorry.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • I must say again that I heartily admire your gallantry and youthfulness.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for gallantry


noun (pl) -ries
conspicuous courage, esp in war: the gallantry of the troops
polite attentiveness to women
a gallant action, speech, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gallantry

1590s, "fine appearance," from French galanterie (16c.), from Old French galant (see gallant). Meaning "gallant behavior" is from 1630s. Middle English had gallantness "merriment, gaiety, high living" (late 15c.).

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