- a member of certain orders of honor or merit: a chevalier of the Legion of Honor.
- French History. the lowest title of rank in the old nobility.
- a chivalrous man; cavalier.
- Archaic. a knight.
Origin of chevalier
- Mau·rice (Au·guste) [maw-rees aw-guh st; French moh-rees oh-gyst] /mɔˈris ˈɔ gəst; French moʊˈris oʊˈgüst/, 1888–1972, French actor and singer.
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Contemporary Examples of chevalier
Chevalier was born in Washington, D.C., but has lived in London for the past 25 years.Tracy Chevalier’s Novel on Ohio’s Underground Railroad
January 17, 2013
Jacques Chirac made Boulud a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in March 2006.The Frenchman Who Rules New York
September 22, 2009
Historical Examples of chevalier
He had previously been made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour.Heroes of the Telegraph
Olivo was delighted to see how well the Chevalier got on with the girls.
But where, my dear Olivo, is the Chevalier de Seingalt of whom you speak?
We will start on our drive to the nunnery as early as you please, Chevalier.
"No doubt the Chevalier only did so in order to lay the storm," said Marcolina.
- a member of certain orders of merit, such as the French Legion of Honour
- French history
- a mounted soldier or knight, esp a military cadet
- the lowest title of rank in the old French nobility
- an archaic word for knight
- a chivalrous man; gallant
Word Origin for chevalier
- (ˌʃɛvəˈlɪə) Albert. 1861–1923, British music hall entertainer, remembered for his cockney songs
- (ˌʃɛˈvælɪə, French ʃəvalje) Maurice (mɔris). 1888–1972, French singer and film actor
late 13c., Anglo-French chivaler "mounted knight," Old French chevalier "knight, horseman, knight in chess" (12c., Modern French chevaler), from Late Latin caballarius "horseman" (source of Provençal cavallier, Spanish caballero, Portuguese cavalleiro, Italian cavaliere; see cavalier (n.)). The word formerly was nativized, but has been given a French pronunciation since 16c.