[ shiv-uhl-ruhs ]
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  1. having the qualities of chivalry, as courage, courtesy, and loyalty.

  2. considerate and courteous to women; gallant.

  1. gracious and honorable toward an enemy, especially a defeated one, and toward the weak or poor.

Origin of chivalrous

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English chevalrous, from Middle French chevalerous, equivalent to chevalier chevalier + -ous -ous

Other words for chivalrous

Opposites for chivalrous

Other words from chivalrous

  • chiv·al·rous·ly, adverb
  • chiv·al·rous·ness, noun
  • non·chiv·al·rous, adjective
  • non·chiv·al·rous·ly, adverb
  • non·chiv·al·rous·ness, noun
  • su·per·chiv·al·rous, adjective
  • su·per·chiv·al·rous·ly, adverb
  • su·per·chiv·al·rous·ness, noun
  • un·chiv·al·rous, adjective
  • un·chiv·al·rous·ly, adverb
  • un·chiv·al·rous·ness, noun

Words Nearby chivalrous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use chivalrous in a sentence

  • His frank, chivalrous nature was captivated by the bold personality of the Corsican, so great in war, so attractive in peace.

    Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
  • The main certainty about his hapless157 expedition to Ireland is the certainty that he fought with the most chivalrous ardour.

    King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
  • But neither with the domestic feeling nor with the chivalrous feeling has the wicked priest any sympathy.

British Dictionary definitions for chivalrous


/ (ˈʃɪvəlrəs) /

  1. gallant; courteous

  2. involving chivalry

Origin of chivalrous

C14: from Old French chevalerous, from chevalier

Derived forms of chivalrous

  • chivalrously, adverb
  • chivalrousness, noun

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