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Gallant

[gal-uh nt] /ˈgæl ənt/
noun
1.
Mavis, born 1922, Canadian short-story writer.
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British Dictionary definitions for mavis 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 mavis gallant

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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