- The definition of chivalry is a group of knights or gentlemen or the medieval system of knighthood.
King Arthur and the knights of the round table are an example of chivalry.
- Chivalry is defined as a quality held by knights and gentlemen offering courage, honor and protection to women.
- A man who stands in front of his wife and child during a robbery is an example of chivalry.
- A man opening his date's car door for her to get out is an example of chivalry.
- a group of knights or gallant gentlemen
- the medieval system of knighthood
- the noble qualities a knight was supposed to have, such as courage, honor, and a readiness to help the weak and protect women
- the demonstration of any of the knightly qualities
Origin of chivalryMiddle English and amp; Old French chevalerie ; from chevaler, knight ; from cheval, horse ; from Classical Latin caballus: see cavalry
- The medieval system, principles, and customs of knighthood.
- a. The qualities idealized by knighthood, such as bravery, courtesy, honor, and gallantry toward women.b. A manifestation of any of these qualities.
- A group of knights or gallant gentlemen.
Origin of chivalryMiddle English chivalrie, from Old French chevalerie, from chevalier, knight; see chevalier.
(usually uncountable, plural chivalries)
- (now rare, historical) Cavalry; horsemen armed for battle.
- 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.
- Courtesy, respect and honorable conduct between opponents in wartime.
- Courteous behavior, especially that of men towards women.
- (UK, law, historical) A tenure of lands by knightly service.
Middle English chivalrie, a late 13th century loan from Old French word chevalerie, "knighthood, chivalry, nobility, cavalry" (11th century), the -erie abstract of chevaler "knight, horseman", from Medieval Latin caballarius (“horseman, knight”), a derivation from caballus (“horse”). Medieval Latin caballaria (“knighthood, status or fief of a knight”) dates to the 12th century.