noun, plural chiv·al·ries for 6.
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|Tunku Varadarajan|February 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“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.
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|Anna Klassen|May 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He could not but obey the summons of her distressed beauty, perfect knight of chivalry that he was.The King of Alsander|James Elroy Flecker
Chivalry therefore may, in a general sense, be referred to the age of Charlemagne.
The chivalry which he introduced was an insufficient gift to barbarism.
He has outraged all the rules and the instincts of chivalry.Raemaekers' Cartoons|Louis Raemaekers
Everybody conspired to speak of her husband as some one beyond the usual flight in goodness, chivalry, nobility of soul.Chronicles of Dustypore|Henry Stewart Cunningham
British Dictionary definitions for chivalry
noun plural -ries
Word Origin for chivalry
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.
Culture definitions for 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.)