What does gallantry mean?

Definitions for gallantry
ˈgæl ən trigal·lant·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. heroism, gallantry, valor, valour, valorousness, valiance, valiancynoun

    the qualities of a hero or heroine; exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger (especially in battle)

    "he showed great heroism in battle"; "he received a medal for valor"

  2. chivalry, gallantry, politessenoun

    courtesy towards women

  3. gallantrynoun

    polite attentiveness to women


  1. gallantrynoun


  2. gallantrynoun

    chivalrous courtliness, especially towards women

  3. gallantrynoun

    an instance of gallant behaviour or speech

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Gallantrynoun

    Etymology: galanterie, French.

    Make the sea shine with gallantry, and all
    The English youth flock to their admiral. Edmund Waller.

    The eminence of your condition, and the gallantry of your principles, will invite gentlemen to the useful and enobling study of nature. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps. Preface.

    Hector, Deiphobus, and all the gallantry of Troy, I would have arm’d to-day. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.

    The martial Moors, in gallantry refin’d,
    Invent new arts to make their charmers kind. George Granville.

    It looks like a sort of compounding between virtue and vice, as if a woman were allowed to be vicious, provided she be not a profligate; as if there were a certain point where gallantry ends, and infamy begins. Jonathan Swift.


  1. gallantry

    Gallantry refers to courageous behavior or actions, particularly in the context of noble, chivalrous deeds, such as those performed by a gentleman or a knight. It can also relate to polite attention or respect given towards someone, especially women. Gallantry often connotes a sense of bravery, heroism, respect and courtesy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gallantrynoun

    splendor of appearance; ostentatious finery

  2. Gallantrynoun

    bravery; intrepidity; as, the troops behaved with great gallantry

  3. Gallantrynoun

    civility or polite attention to ladies; in a bad sense, attention or courtesy designed to win criminal favors from a female; freedom of principle or practice with respect to female virtue; intrigue

  4. Gallantrynoun

    gallant persons, collectively

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    This word is now almost obsolete. It was formerly employed to express a deferential attention on the part of the man who in a crowded car gave up his seat to the ladies.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. gallantry

    Bravery; courageousness; heroism; intrepidity; as, the troops attacked the fort with great gallantry.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gallantry in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gallantry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of gallantry in a Sentence

  1. John Adams:

    We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.

  2. Molière:

    Frenchmen have an unlimited capacity for gallantry and indulge it on every occasion.

  3. Tennessee Williams:

    A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.

  4. The Queen:

    Tenacity, skill and gallantry have been your hallmarks, i remember the Battle of Britain being fought in the skies above us and we shall never forget the courage and sacrifice of that time.

  5. Noel Coward:

    Let's drink to the spirit of gallantry and courage that made a strange Heaven out of unbelievable Hell, and let's drink to the hope that one day this country of ours, which we love so much, will find dignity and greatness and peace again.

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  • galantnostCzech
  • TapferkeitGerman
  • ritarillisuus, urheusFinnish
  • galanterie, courageFrench
  • 勇敢Japanese
  • galanterieDutch
  • curtoazie, bravură, cutezanță, galanterie, curajRomanian
  • смелость, галантность, отвага, мужество, храбростьRussian

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    manifestly demonstrative
    • A. naiant
    • B. askant
    • C. ostensive
    • D. motile

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