[shuh-val-yey, -vahl-; French shuh-va-lyey]
  1. Mau·rice (Au·guste) [maw-rees aw-guh st; French moh-rees oh-gyst] /mɔˈris ˈɔ gəst; French moʊˈris oʊˈgüst/, 1888–1972, French actor and singer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for maurice chevalier


  1. a member of certain orders of merit, such as the French Legion of Honour
  2. French history
    1. a mounted soldier or knight, esp a military cadet
    2. the lowest title of rank in the old French nobility
  3. an archaic word for knight
  4. a chivalrous man; gallant

Word Origin for chevalier

C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin caballārius horseman, cavalier


  1. (ˌʃɛvəˈlɪə) Albert. 1861–1923, British music hall entertainer, remembered for his cockney songs
  2. (ˌʃɛˈvælɪə, French ʃəvalje) Maurice (mɔris). 1888–1972, French singer and film actor
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Word Origin and History for maurice chevalier



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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