noun, plural gal·lant·ries.
  1. dashing courage; heroic bravery; noble-minded behavior.
  2. gallant or courtly attention to women.
  3. a gallant act, action, or speech.

Origin of gallantry

1600–10; < Middle French galanterie, equivalent to Old French galant (see gallant) + -erie -ry

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noun plural -ries
  1. conspicuous courage, esp in warthe gallantry of the troops
  2. polite attentiveness to women
  3. a gallant action, speech, etc
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Word Origin and History for gallantries



1590s, "fine appearance," from French galanterie (16c.), from Old French galant (see gallant). Meaning "gallant behavior" is from 1630s. Middle English had gallantness "merriment, gaiety, high living" (late 15c.).

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