Chevalier [sh uh- val-yey, - vahl-; sh French uh-v a- lyey] noun Mau·rice (Au·guste) , [maw- rees aw-g uh st; moh- French oh- rees g] yst /mɔˈris ˈɔ gəst; moʊˈris oʊˈgüst/ French 1888–1972, French actor and singer.
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British Dictionary definitions for maurice chevalier noun a member of certain orders of merit, such as the French Legion of Honour French history a mounted soldier or knight, esp a military cadet the lowest title of rank in the old French nobility a chivalrous man; gallant Word Origin for chevalier
C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin
caballārius horseman, cavalier noun ( ˌʃɛvəˈlɪə) Albert. 1861–1923, British music hall entertainer, remembered for his cockney songs ( ˌʃɛˈvælɪə, French ʃəvalje) Maurice (mɔris). 1888–1972, French singer and film actor
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Word Origin and History for maurice chevalier n.
late 13c., Anglo-French
chivaler "mounted knight," Old French chevalier "knight, horseman, knight in chess" (12c., Modern French chevaler), from Late Latin caballarius "horseman" (source of Provençal cavallier, Spanish caballero, Portuguese cavalleiro, Italian cavaliere; see cavalier (n.)). The word formerly was nativized, but has been given a French pronunciation since 16c.
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