verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- gall wasp,
- gallamine triethiodide,
- gallant soldier,
- gallant, mavis,
Origin of gallant
Examples from the Web for gallant
He just made the gallant, grand decision to free up his day to spend more time with Jennifer Aniston.
One “gallant old doctor” says he finds it unsuitable she is in a mortuary.Death Became Her: Molly Lefebure’s Wartime Years of Murder and Suicide|Tim Teeman|April 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He got married (“one wife enough”), had kids, left his job, survived a few more attacks, went gray, and no longer drove a Gallant.
I plan to see if he can pick me up in a Gallant—for good luck.
"My God, My Glock, and my Gallant" Above hardpan deserts, red dawns chased away Orion, the Hunter, day after night.
Oh that we had the traitor who has dragged this gallant young officer to death, so that he might suffer in his stead!The Story of American History|Albert F. Blaisdell
We must now describe more particularly how this gallant exploit had been accomplished.Our Soldiers|W.H.G. Kingston
Slowly the gallant ship come round the breakwater to her moorings.New Zealanders at Gallipoli|Major Fred Waite
For the artist learns of the heroic death of his gallant kinsman, and all the chronicles of Lagunitas.The Little Lady of Lagunitas|Richard Henry Savage
Of his gallant deeds these two kings are the reward; by his hand they were conquered, and his hand captured them.The Cid|Pierre Corneille
noun (ˈɡælənt, ɡəˈlænt) archaic
verb (ɡəˈlænt, ˈɡælənt) rare
Word Origin for gallant
mid-15c., "showy, finely dressed; gay, merry," from Old French galant "courteous," earlier "amusing, entertaining; lively, bold" (14c.), present participle of galer "rejoice, make merry," generally held to be from Latinized verb form of Frankish *wala- "good, well," from Proto-Germanic *wal- (cf. Old High German wallon "to wander, go on a pilgrimage"), from PIE *wel- "to wish, will" (see will (v.)), "but the transition of sense offers difficulties that are not fully cleared up" [OED]. Sense of "politely attentive to women" was adopted 17c. from French.
"man of fashion and pleasure," mid-15c., earlier "dissolute man, rake" (early 15c.); from gallant (adj.).