chivalrous

[ shiv-uhl-ruhs ]
/ ˈʃɪv əl rəs /

adjective

having the qualities of chivalry, as courage, courtesy, and loyalty.
considerate and courteous to women; gallant.
gracious and honorable toward an enemy, especially a defeated one, and toward the weak or poor.

Origin of chivalrous

1300–50; Middle English chevalrous < Middle French chevalerous, equivalent to chevalier chevalier + -ous -ous
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chivalrous

/ (ˈʃɪvəlrəs) /

adjective

gallant; courteous
involving chivalry
Derived Formschivalrously, adverbchivalrousness, noun

Word Origin for chivalrous

C14: from Old French chevalerous, from chevalier
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Word Origin and History for chivalrous

chivalrous


adj.

mid-14c., from Old French chevaleros "knightly, noble, chivalrous," from chevalier (see chevalier; also cf. chivalry). According to OED, obsolete in English and French from mid-16c. Not revived in French, but brought back in English late 18c. by romantic writers fond of medieval settings.

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