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gallantry

[gal-uh n-tree] /ˈgæl ən tri/
noun, plural gallantries.
1.
dashing courage; heroic bravery; noble-minded behavior.
2.
gallant or courtly attention to women.
3.
a gallant act, action, or speech.
Origin of gallantry
1600-1610
1600-10; < Middle French galanterie, equivalent to Old French galant (see gallant) + -erie -ry
Synonyms
1. daring, valor, heroism. 2. chivalry, courtliness.
Antonyms
1. cowardice.
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gallantry

/ˈɡæləntrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
conspicuous courage, esp in war: the gallantry of the troops
2.
polite attentiveness to women
3.
a gallant action, speech, etc
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Word Origin and History for gallantry
n.

1590s, "fine appearance," from French galanterie (16c.), from Old French galant (see gallant). Meaning "gallant behavior" is from 1630s. Middle English had gallantness "merriment, gaiety, high living" (late 15c.).

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