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chevalier

[shev-uh-leer or especially for 1, 2, shuh-val-yey, -vahl-] /ˌʃɛv əˈlɪər or especially for 1, 2, ʃəˈvæl yeɪ, -ˈvɑl-/
noun
1.
a member of certain orders of honor or merit:
a chevalier of the Legion of Honor.
2.
French History. the lowest title of rank in the old nobility.
3.
a chivalrous man; cavalier.
4.
Archaic. a knight.
Origin
late Middle English
1250-1300
1250-1300; < Middle French; replacing late Middle English chivaler < Anglo-French. See cavalier

Chevalier

[shuh-val-yey, -vahl-; French shuh-va-lyey] /ʃəˈvæl yeɪ, -ˈvɑl-; French ʃə vaˈlyeɪ/
noun
1.
Maurice (Auguste)
[maw-rees aw-guh st;; French moh-rees oh-gyst] /mɔˈris ˈɔ gəst;; French moʊˈris oʊˈgüst/ (Show IPA),
1888–1972, French actor and singer.
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  • chevalier makes his pitch to the venture capitalists.
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chevalier

/ˌʃɛˈvælɪə/
noun
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
C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin caballārius horseman, cavalier

Chevalier

noun
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 chevalier
chevalier
1292, Anglo-Fr. chivaler "mounted knight," O.Fr. chevalier, from L. caballarius "horseman" (cf. Prov. cavallier, Sp. caballero, Port. cavalleiro, It. cavaliere), from caballus "horse, pack horse." The word formerly was nativized, but has been given a Fr. pronunciation since 16c. Cf. cavalier.
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