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gallant
 
adj
1.  brave and high-spirited; courageous and honourable; dashing: a gallant warrior
2.  (of a man) attentive to women; chivalrous
3.  imposing; dignified; stately: a gallant ship
4.  archaic showy in dress
 
n
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
 
vb (when intr, usually foll by with)
8.  to court or flirt (with)
9.  (tr) to attend or escort (a woman)
 
[C15: from Old French galant, from galer to make merry, from gale enjoyment, pleasure, of Germanic origin; related to Old English welaweal²]
 
'gallantly
 
adv
 
'gallantness
 
n

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gallant
early 15c., from O.Fr. galant "courteous," earlier "spirited, dashing," prp. of galer "make merry," from gala (q.v.). Sense of "politely attentive to women" was adopted 17c. from French. The noun, "man of fashion and pleasure," is from late 14c.
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