What does chivalry mean?

Definitions for chivalry
ˈʃɪv əl richival·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chivalry, gallantry, politesse(noun)

    courtesy towards women

  2. chivalry, knightliness(noun)

    the medieval principles governing knighthood and knightly conduct


  1. chivalry(Noun)

    Cavalry; horsemen armed for battle.

  2. chivalry(Noun)

    The fact or condition of being a knight; knightly skill, prowess.

  3. chivalry(Noun)

    The ethical code of the knight prevalent in Medieval Europe, having such primary virtues as mercy towards the poor and oppressed, humility, honor, sacrifice, fear of God, faithfulness, courage and utmost graciousness and courtesy to ladies.

  4. chivalry(Noun)

    Courtesy, respect and honorable conduct between opponents in wartime.

  5. chivalry(Noun)

    Courteous behavior, especially that of men towards women.

  6. Origin: chivalrie, a late 13th century loan from word chevalerie, "knighthood, chivalry, nobility, cavalry" (11th century), the -erie abstract of chevaler "knight, horseman", from caballarius, a derivation from caballus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chivalry(noun)

    a body or order of cavaliers or knights serving on horseback; illustrious warriors, collectively; cavalry

  2. Chivalry(noun)

    the dignity or system of knighthood; the spirit, usages, or manners of knighthood; the practice of knight-errantry

  3. Chivalry(noun)

    the qualifications or character of knights, as valor, dexterity in arms, courtesy, etc

  4. Chivalry(noun)

    a tenure of lands by knight's service; that is, by the condition of a knight's performing service on horseback, or of performing some noble or military service to his lord

  5. Chivalry(noun)


  6. Origin: [F. chevalerie, fr. chevalier knight, OF., horseman. See Chevalier, and cf. Cavalry.]


  1. Chivalry

    Chivalry, or the chivalric code, is the traditional code of conduct associated with the medieval institution of knighthood. Chivalry arose from an idealized German custom. It was originally conceived of as an aristocratic warrior code — the term derives from the French term chevalerie, meaning horse soldiery — involving, gallantry, and individual training and service to others. Over time its meaning has been refined to emphasise more ideals such as the knightly virtues of honour, courtly love, courtesy, and less martial aspects of the tradition. The Knight's Code of Chivalry was a moral system that stated all knights should protect others who can not protect themselves, such as widows, children, and elders. All knights needed to have the strength and skills to fight wars in the Middle Ages; they not only had to be strong but they were also extremely disciplined and were expected to use their power to protect the weak and defenseless. Knights vowed to be loyal, generous, and "of noble bearing". Knights were required to tell the truth at all times and always respect the honour of women. Knights not only vowed to protect the weak but also vowed to guard the honor of all fellow knights. They always had to obey those who were placed in authority and were never allowed to refuse a challenge from an equal. Knights lived by honor and for glory. Knights were to fear God and maintain His Church. Knights always kept their faith and never turned their back on a foe. Knights despised pecuniary reward. They persevered to the end in any enterprise begun.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chivalry

    shiv′al-ri, n. the usages and qualifications of chevaliers or knights: bravery and courtesy: the system of knighthood in feudal times.—adjs. Chival′ric, Chiv′alrous, pertaining to chivalry: bold: gallant.—adv. Chiv′alrously.—n. Chiv′alrousness. [Fr. chevaleriecheval—Low L. caballus, a horse.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Chivalry

    a system of knighthood, for the profession of which the qualifications required were dignity, courtesy, bravery, generosity; the aim of which was the defence of right against wrong, of the weak against the strong, and especially of the honour and the purity of women, and the spirit of which was of Christian derivation; originally a military organisation in defence of Christianity against the infidel.

Editors Contribution

  1. chivalry

    Knight in shining armour-in the middle-ages there used to be knights,kings and queen-now there no knights neither there are a lots of kings-the word guess is used to mean save damsel in distress

    You could associate it with movies where a hero bashes up thuggies-could also happen in reverse-its just a hangover word I guess-better word may be brave-some words dont stand test of time-so to say

    Submitted by Lighthouse21 on May 13, 2018


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chivalry in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chivalry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of chivalry in a Sentence

  1. Honore De Balzac:

    The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.

  2. Dejan Stojanovic:

    To risk life to save a smile on a face of a woman or a child is the secret of chivalry.

  3. George Gordon Byron:

    Cervantes smiled Spain's chivalry away A single laugh demolished the right arm Of his country.

  4. Sir Thomas More:

    The most part of all princes have more delight in warlike manners and feats of chivalry than in the good feats of peace.

  5. Edmund Burke:

    I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone.

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