British Dictionary definitions for maurice chevalier (1 of 2)
- a mounted soldier or knight, esp a military cadet
- the lowest title of rank in the old French nobility
Word Origin for chevalier
British Dictionary definitions for maurice chevalier (2 of 2)
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.