the sum of the ideal qualifications of a knight, including courtesy, generosity, valor, and dexterity in arms.
the rules and customs of medieval knighthood.
the medieval system or institution of knighthood.
a group of knights.
gallant warriors or gentlemen: fair ladies and noble chivalry.
Archaic. a chivalrous act; gallant deed.
- un·chiv·al·ry, noun
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How to use chivalry in a sentence
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The basic trope — the last man on the ground — recalls an emotionally resonant idea of responsibility and even chivalry.The viral photo of the last soldier in Afghanistan is powerful — and that’s why it’s deceptive | Philip Kennicott | August 31, 2021 | Washington Post
In the poem, Gawain is already a beloved and respected member of the Round Table, noted for his chivalry.The Green Knight is glorious and a little baffling. Let’s untangle it. | Alissa Wilkinson | July 30, 2021 | Vox
After he arrives at the castle in the poem, Gawain undergoes a kind of testing of his chivalry and his virtue.The Green Knight is glorious and a little baffling. Let’s untangle it. | Alissa Wilkinson | July 30, 2021 | Vox
Unfortunately, we only had the one fancy mattress between the two of us, and chivalry compelled me to claim her old backpacking Therm-a-Rest, a solid inch and a half below her perch on the luxurious Paco Pad.
I have never met her, and I am inclined to laud her chivalry.Pulp Nonfiction: India’s Shameful Failure to Defend Historian of Hinduism | Tunku Varadarajan | February 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“There's also the argument that traditional acts of chivalry are frowned upon as ‘suspicious,’” she writes.
Turns out chivalry may not be dead—we just might be looking for it in the wrong places, or rather, from the wrong people.
It may just reassure our faith that chivalry isn't completely over after all.
This is traditional for Royal Spouses who are not themselves entitled to surround their Arms with an order of chivalry.
For in these times of chivalry the best perish first, and in order to live long one must be a monk.Honey-Bee | Anatole France
It was a contest for extirpation, and ere it ended the flower of the English and the chivalry of the Indians were laid low.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
From feelings of chivalry or other reasons it is not in the nature of the male to inform on the female.Report of the Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents | Oswald Chettle Mazengarb et al.
The spirit of feudalism and of the old chivalry had all but departed, but had left a vacuum which was not yet supplied.The English Church in the Eighteenth Century | Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
My idea was to attract the chivalry and nobility, and make them useful and keep them out of mischief.A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for chivalry
the combination of qualities expected of an ideal knight, esp courage, honour, justice, and a readiness to help the weak
courteous behaviour, esp towards women
the medieval system and principles of knighthood
knights, noblemen, etc, collectively
- chivalric, adjective
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Cultural definitions for chivalry
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