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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

gallant

\GAL-uhnt\ , adjective;
1.
Brave, spirited, noble-minded, or chivalrous: a gallant knight; a gallant rescue attempt.
2.
Exceptionally polite and attentive to women; courtly.
3.
Stately; grand: a gallant pageant.
noun:
1.
A brave, noble-minded, or chivalrous man.
2.
A man exceptionally attentive to women.
3.
A stylish and dashing man.
Quotes:
He praised the owl's wisdom and his courage, his gallantry and his generosity; though every one knew that however wise old Master Owl might be, he was neither brave nor gallant.
-- Frances Jenkins Olcott, Good Stories For Holidays
Oh, those were days of power, gallant days, bustling days, worth the bravest days of chivalry at least.
-- George Borrow, Lavengro: The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest
Origin:
Related to the word gala, gallant stems from the Old French word galer meaning "to amuse oneself, to make merry."
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