- 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.
Origin of chivalry
Examples from the Web for chivalry
I have never met her, and I am inclined to laud her chivalry.Pulp Nonfiction: India’s Shameful Failure to Defend Historian of Hinduism
February 13, 2014
“There's also the argument that traditional acts of chivalry are frowned upon as ‘suspicious,’” she writes.
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.William and Kate's New Conjugal Coat of Arms
September 27, 2013
I grew up in a household that was ruled by chivalry, but a family where the men and women are equal soldiers.‘Parks and Rec’ Star Nick Offerman on Dicks, the Opposite Sex & Feminism
May 29, 2013
Then we are agreed that it is not a matter of sentiment, it is not a matter of chivalry.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 7.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
The Southern chivalry howled, and hanged or burned some one in effigy.American Notes
Strange as it may seem, these castles were the birthplaces and homes of chivalry.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
With his usual activity he sprang forward and the scion of chivalry ran.Cleveland Past and Present
That's a long way from the days of the 'wild geese' and the order of chivalry, isn't it?Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
- 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
Word Origin and History for chivalry
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.