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

1300–50; Middle English chevalrous < Middle French chevalerous, equivalent to chevalier chevalier + -ous -ous
Related formschiv·al·rous·ly, adverbchiv·al·rous·ness, nounnon·chiv·al·rous, adjectivenon·chiv·al·rous·ly, adverbnon·chiv·al·rous·ness, nounsu·per·chiv·al·rous, adjectivesu·per·chiv·al·rous·ly, adverbsu·per·chiv·al·rous·ness, nounun·chiv·al·rous, adjectiveun·chiv·al·rous·ly, adverbun·chiv·al·rous·ness, noun


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Examples from the Web for chivalrously

Historical Examples

  • She was pretty and soft, and had been chivalrously treated all her days.

    The Call of the Wild

    Jack London

  • And well and chivalrously did he sustain his high and sacred charge.

  • These are some of Gen. Hancocks men that treated me so chivalrously at Gettysburg.

    Drum Taps in Dixie

    Delavan S. Miller

  • "He is of my family," said Jean Jacques firmly and chivalrously.

  • How comes it that in this wild place you have learned to speak so chivalrously?

    The Black Douglas

    S. R. Crockett

British Dictionary definitions for chivalrously


  1. gallant; courteous
  2. involving chivalry
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Derived Formschivalrously, adverbchivalrousness, noun

Word Origin

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



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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