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gallantry

[gal-uh n-tree]
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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.
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Origin of gallantry

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

Synonyms

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1. daring, valor, heroism. 2. chivalry, courtliness.

Antonyms

1. cowardice.
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Examples from the Web for gallantry

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Historical Examples

  • "But you know language is conventional, especially in gallantry," said Russell.

  • He is a man of wit and gallantry—I am unpractised in the ways of the world.

  • "It is enough if I've been useful," he rose in gallantry to the emergency.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • The stranger, however, picking up her cap with an air of gallantry, interposed.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Jarrett introduced Knoedler, who had suggested this piece of gallantry.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt


British Dictionary definitions for gallantry

gallantry

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 gallantry

n.

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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