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[gal-uh n-tree] /ˈgæl ən tri/
noun, plural gallantries.
dashing courage; heroic bravery; noble-minded behavior.
gallant or courtly attention to women.
a gallant act, action, or speech.
Origin of gallantry
1600-10; < Middle French galanterie, equivalent to Old French galant (see gallant) + -erie -ry
1. daring, valor, heroism. 2. chivalry, courtliness.
1. cowardice. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gallantry
  • If virtue is its own reward, gallantry is also occasionally paid off in the same coin.
  • gallantry was overcome by the need to sit down at a table for the interview, and my addiction to caffeine.
  • Along with their foolishness, it sees their gallantry.
  • And that is the thing which gives it, as a picture, a plain and moving gallantry.
  • Yet the pettishness of the condemnation diminishes the gallantry of the condescension.
  • It was a life of pleasure and gallantry, which had a code and speech of its own.
  • Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics.
  • There are certain lessons of brilliance and of generous gallantry that she can teach better than any of her sister nations.
  • The consul granted the request, with much admiration of his gallantry.
  • It was the moment of gallantry in heartbreak, grim and nonchalant banter, and heroic dissipation.
British Dictionary definitions for gallantry


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

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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