chivalry

[shiv-uhl-ree]
noun, plural chivalries for 6.
1.
the sum of the ideal qualifications of a knight, including courtesy, generosity, valor, and dexterity in arms.
2.
the rules and customs of medieval knighthood.
3.
the medieval system or institution of knighthood.
4.
a group of knights.
5.
gallant warriors or gentlemen: fair ladies and noble chivalry.
6.
Archaic. a chivalrous act; gallant deed.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English chivalrie < Anglo-French, Old French chevalerie, equivalent to chevalier chevalier + -ie -y3

unchivalry, noun
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chivalry (ˈʃɪvəlrɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  the combination of qualities expected of an ideal knight, esp courage, honour, justice, and a readiness to help the weak
2.  courteous behaviour, esp towards women
3.  the medieval system and principles of knighthood
4.  knights, noblemen, etc, collectively
 
[C13: from Old French chevalerie, from chevalier]
 
'chivalric
 
adj

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chivalry
1292, from O.Fr. chevalerie "horsemanship," from chevaler "knight," from M.L. caballarius "horseman," from L. caballus (see cavalier). From "mounted knight," meaning stretched 14c. to "courtly behavior."
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chivalry definition


The methods of training and standards of behavior for knights in the Middle Ages. The code of chivalry emphasized bravery, military skill, generosity in victory, piety, and courtesy to women. (Compare courtly love.)

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Example sentences
Capacity for friendship does not even suggest his chivalry in two senses-toward
  individuals and to letters.
Smile, pardner, when you say that the old border desperadoes lacked chivalry.
For those fascinated with days when chivalry ruled, the festival offers a
  setting as authentic as it gets.
His longtime fascination with the era of castles, chivalry, magic and mysticism
  is opening up an unexpected second career.
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