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[adj. gal-uh nt for 1, 3, 4; guh-lant, -lahnt, gal-uh nt for 2, 5; n. guh-lant, -lahnt, gal-uh nt; v. guh-lant, -lahnt] /adj. ˈgæl ənt for 1, 3, 4; gəˈlænt, -ˈlɑnt, ˈgæl ənt for 2, 5; n. gəˈlænt, -ˈlɑnt, ˈgæl ənt; v. gəˈlænt, -ˈlɑnt/
adjective
1.
brave, spirited, noble-minded, or chivalrous:
a gallant knight; a gallant rescue attempt.
2.
exceptionally polite and attentive to women; courtly.
3.
stately; grand:
a gallant pageant.
4.
showy, colorful, or stylish, as in dress; magnificent.
5.
amorous; amatory.
noun
6.
a brave, noble-minded, or chivalrous man.
7.
a man exceptionally attentive to women.
8.
a stylish and dashing man.
9.
a suitor or lover.
10.
a paramour.
verb (used with object)
11.
to court or act as a lover of (a woman).
12.
to escort (a woman).
verb (used without object)
13.
to attend or pay court as a gallant.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English gala(u)nt < Old French galant, present participle of galer to amuse oneself, make merry < Gallo-Romance *walāre, derivative of Frankish *wala good, happy; see well1, weal1
Related forms
gallantly, adverb
gallantness, noun
quasi-gallant, adjective
quasi-gallantly, adverb
supergallant, adjective
supergallantly, adverb
supergallantness, noun
ungallant, adjective
ungallantly, adverb
Synonyms
1. valorous, courageous, heroic, bold, daring, intrepid. See brave. 2. chivalrous, courteous.

Gallant

[gal-uh nt] /ˈgæl ənt/
noun
1.
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British Dictionary definitions for gallant

gallant

adjective (ˈɡælənt)
1.
brave and high-spirited; courageous and honourable; dashing: a gallant warrior
2.
(ɡəˈlænt; ˈɡælənt). (of a man) attentive to women; chivalrous
3.
imposing; dignified; stately: a gallant ship
4.
(archaic) showy in dress
noun (archaic) (ˈɡælənt; ɡəˈlænt)
5.
a woman's lover or suitor
6.
a dashing or fashionable young man, esp one who pursues women
7.
a brave, high-spirited, or adventurous man
verb (rare) (ɡəˈlænt; ˈɡælənt)
8.
when intr, usually foll by with. to court or flirt (with)
9.
(transitive) to attend or escort (a woman)
Derived Forms
gallantly, adverb
gallantness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French galant, from galer to make merry, from gale enjoyment, pleasure, of Germanic origin; related to Old English welaweal²
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Word Origin and History for gallant
adj.

mid-15c., "showy, finely dressed; gay, merry," from Old French galant "courteous," earlier "amusing, entertaining; lively, bold" (14c.), present participle of galer "rejoice, make merry," generally held to be from Latinized verb form of Frankish *wala- "good, well," from Proto-Germanic *wal- (cf. Old High German wallon "to wander, go on a pilgrimage"), from PIE *wel- "to wish, will" (see will (v.)), "but the transition of sense offers difficulties that are not fully cleared up" [OED]. Sense of "politely attentive to women" was adopted 17c. from French.

n.

"man of fashion and pleasure," mid-15c., earlier "dissolute man, rake" (early 15c.); from gallant (adj.).

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