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galant

noun
  1. an 18th-century style of music characterized by homophony and elaborate ornamentation
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Word Origin

C17: from Old French galant, from galer to make merry, from gale enjoyment, pleasure
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Historical Examples

  • When a lady asks a galant homme to marry her, what is he to do?

    The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol

    William J. Locke

  • He knows nearly all the men, and he says they are galant' uomini.

    A Venetian June

    Anna Fuller

  • He is so galant in fact, that I thought I had found his description in Rochefort.

    Instigations

    Ezra Pound

  • But he's a galant homme and a gentleman, and I've been talking to him to-night.

    Madame de Mauves

    Henry James

  • Page 304 'galant' to 'gallant' 'brought back the gallant colonel'