m.a. chevalier


[shuh-val-yey, -vahl-; French shuh-va-lyey]
Maurice (Auguste) [maw-rees aw-guhst; French moh-rees oh-gyst] , 1888–1972, French actor and singer.
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chevalier (ˌʃɛˈvælɪə)
1.  a member of certain orders of merit, such as the French Legion of Honour
2.  French history
 a.  a mounted soldier or knight, esp a military cadet
 b.  the lowest title of rank in the old French nobility
3.  an archaic word for knight
4.  a chivalrous man; gallant
[C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin caballārius horseman, cavalier]

1.  Albert. 1861--1923, British music hall entertainer, remembered for his cockney songs
2.  Maurice (mɔris). 1888--1972, French singer and film actor

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Word Origin & History

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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