What does gallant mean?

Definitions for gallant
ˈgæl ənt for 1, 3, 4 ; gəˈlænt, -ˈlɑnt, ˈgæl ənt for 2, 5 ; n. gəˈlænt, -ˈlɑnt, ˈgæl ənt; gəˈlænt, -gal·lant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dandy, dude, fop, gallant, sheik, beau, swell, fashion plate, clotheshorsenoun

    a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance

  2. squire, gallantadjective

    a man who attends or escorts a woman

  3. gallantadjective

    unflinching in battle or action

    "a gallant warrior"; "put up a gallant resistance to the attackers"

  4. dashing, gallantadjective

    lively and spirited

    "a dashing hero"

  5. gallant, lofty, majestic, proudadjective

    having or displaying great dignity or nobility

    "a gallant pageant"; "lofty ships"; "majestic cities"; "proud alpine peaks"

  6. chivalrous, gallant, knightlyadjective

    being attentive to women like an ideal knight

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GALLANTadjective

    Etymology: galant, French, from gala, fine dress, Spanish.

    A place of broad rivers, wherein shall go no gally with oars, neither shall gallant ships pass thereby. Is. xxxiii. 21.

    The gay, the wise, the gallant, and the grave,
    Subdu’d alike, all but one passion have. Edmund Waller.

    Scorn, that any should kill his uncle, made him seek his revenge in manner gallant enough. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    But, fare thee well, thou art a gallant youth. William Shakespeare.

    A gallant man, whose thoughts fly at the highest game, requires no further insight into them than to satisfy himself by what way they may be performed. Kenelm Digby, on the Soul, Dedicat.

    There are no tricks in plain and simple faith;
    But hollow men, like horses hot at hand,
    Make gallant shew and promise of their mettle. William Shakespeare.

    He discoursed, how gallant and how brave a thing it would be for his highness to make a journey into Spain, and to fetch home his mistress. Edward Hyde.

    When first the soul of love is sent abroad,
    The gay troops begin
    In gallant thought to plume their painted wings. James Thomson.

  2. Gallantnoun

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    The new proclamation.
    ———— What is’t for?
    —— The reformation of our travell’d gallants,
    That fill the court with quarrels, talk, and taylors. William Shakespeare.

    The gallants and lusty youths of Naples came and offered themselves unto Vastius. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    The gallants, to protect the lady’s right,
    Their fauchions brandish’d at the grisly spright. Dryden.

    Gallants, look to’t, you say there are no sprights;
    But I’ll come dance about your beds at nights. Dryden.

    One, worn to pieces with age, shews himself a young gallant. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    The next carried a handsome young fellow upon her back: she had left the good man at home, and brought away her gallant. Joseph Addison, Spectator.


  1. gallant

    Gallant refers to a person who is brave, heroic, or chivalrous, often in a polite and respectful manner, especially towards women. It can also refer to an action or behavior characterized by such qualities. Additionally, in a historical or literary context, it could refer to a man who pays special attention to women.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gallantadjective

    showy; splendid; magnificent; gay; well-dressed

  2. Gallantadjective

    noble in bearing or spirit; brave; high-spirited; courageous; heroic; magnanimous; as, a gallant youth; a gallant officer

  3. Gallantadjective

    polite and attentive to ladies; courteous to women; chivalrous

  4. Gallantnoun

    a man of mettle or spirit; a gay; fashionable man; a young blood

  5. Gallantnoun

    one fond of paying attention to ladies

  6. Gallantnoun

    one who wooes; a lover; a suitor; in a bad sense, a seducer

  7. Gallantverb

    to attend or wait on, as a lady; as, to gallant ladies to the play

  8. Gallantverb

    to handle with grace or in a modish manner; as, to gallant a fan


  1. Gallant

    Gallant, also known as Clear Springs or Greasy Cove, is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Etowah County, Alabama, United States, and partially in St. Clair County, Alabama, United States. It lies west of the city of Gadsden, the county seat of Etowah County. As of the 2010 census, its population was 855. Its elevation is 814 feet. Although it is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 35972.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gallant

    gal′ant, adj. brave: noble: (rare) gay, splendid, magnificent: courteous or attentive to ladies: amorous, erotic (sometimes gal-ant′).n. a gay, dashing person: a man of fashion: suitor, seducer.—adv. Gall′antly.—ns. Gall′antness; Gall′antry, bravery: intrepidity: attention or devotion to ladies, often in a bad sense, amorous intrigue: (Shak.) gallants collectively. [Fr. galant—O. Fr. gale, a merrymaking; prob. Teut.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. gallant

    1. To remember one is a gentleman in spite of one's birth and training. 2. To give up your seat in a car to a woman, and tread on your neighbor's foot to get even. 3. To do a perfectly unselfish act from selfish motives.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. gallant

    Noble in bearing or spirit; brave; high-spirited; courageous; heroic; magnanimous; as, a gallant youth; a gallant officer.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Gallant is ranked #3931 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Gallant surname appeared 9,051 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Gallant.

    92.7% or 8,394 total occurrences were White.
    2.3% or 212 total occurrences were Black.
    2% or 187 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 146 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 66 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 46 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gallant in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gallant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of gallant in a Sentence

  1. Winston Churchill, The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy:

    Why, you may take the most gallant sailor, the most intrepid airman or the most audacious soldier, put them at a table together- what do you get? The sum of all fears.

  2. H. G. Wells:

    ... when the struggle seems to be drifting definitely towards a world social democracy, there may still be very great delays and disappointments before it becomes an efficient and beneficent world system. Countless people ... will hate the new world order ... and will die protesting it. When we attempt to evaluate its promise, we have to bear in mind the distress of a generation or so of malcontents, many of them quite gallant and graceful-looking people.

  3. Emir Abubakar Isa Ahmadu:

    We appreciate the gallant efforts of the Nigerian military, hunters and vigilantes that saw the liberation of our towns.

  4. The President:

    It was one of the largest and most daring rescue missions in American history. Pat and his team rescued 75 captives and killed 20 ISIS terrorists. Pat, you embody the righteous glory of American valor. We stand in awe of your heroic, daring and gallant deeds, you truly went above and beyond the call of duty to earn our nation's highest military honor.

  5. Jamela Dunbar:

    The king is in the pasture. We are out in the field fearless of our shadows. Gallant to the service of mankind. A cry loud and clear. No passion to wait in vain.”

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Translations for gallant

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  • galantníCzech
  • ανδρείος, γενναίος, ιπποτικός, αβρός, ευγενήςGreek
  • galantaEsperanto
  • cortés, gallardo, valienteSpanish
  • شجاعPersian
  • ritarillinen, urhea, uljas, kunniallinenFinnish
  • braveFrench
  • वीरHindi
  • կնամեծարArmenian
  • galantaIdo
  • cavaliere, gentiluomo, galante, damerino, valorosoItalian
  • אַבִּירִיHebrew
  • 勇敢な, 勇ましいJapanese
  • animosusLatin
  • galantePortuguese
  • galantRomanian
  • галантный, бравый, доблестный, почтенный, джентльмен, отважный, любезный, смелый, щёголь, обходительный, храбрыйRussian
  • galant, tapperSwedish
  • ga-lăngVietnamese

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