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chivalry

[ shiv-uh l-ree ]
/ ˈʃɪv əl ri /
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noun, plural chiv·al·ries for 6.

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.

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RELATED WORDS

courtesy, courage, fairness, valiance, courtliness, politeness

Nearby words

chiusi, chiv, chivalresque, chivalric, chivalrous, chivalry, chivaree, chive, chives, chivvy, chivy

Origin of chivalry

1250–1300; Middle English chivalrie < Anglo-French, Old French chevalerie, equivalent to chevalier chevalier + -ie -y3
Related formsun·chiv·al·ry, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for chivalry

chivalry

/ (ˈʃɪvəlrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

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
Derived Formschivalric, adjective

Word Origin for chivalry

C13: from Old French chevalerie, from chevalier
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for chivalry

chivalry


n.

c.1300, "body or host of knights; knighthood in the feudal social system; bravery in war, warfare as an art," from Old French chevalerie "knighthood, chivalry, nobility, cavalry, art of war," from chevaler "knight," from Medieval Latin caballarius "horseman," from Latin caballus "nag, pack-horse" (see cavalier). From late 14c. as "the nobility as one of the estates of the realm," also as the word for an ethical code emphasizing honor, valor, generosity and courtly manners. Modern use for "social and moral code of medieval feudalism" probably is an 18c. historical revival.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for chivalry

chivalry


The methods of training and standards of behavior for knights in the Middle Ages. The code of chivalry emphasized bravery, military skill, generosity in victory, piety, and courtesy to women. (Compare courtly love.)

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