- 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.
chivalry definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English and amp; Old French chevalerie ; from chevaler, knight ; from cheval, horse ; from Classical Latin caballus: see cavalry
chivalry definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. chiv·al·ries
- 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: Middle English chivalrie, from Old French chevalerie, from chevalier, knight; see chevalier.Word History: The Age of Chivalry was also the age of the horse. Bedecked in elaborate armor and other trappings, horses were certainly well dressed, although they might have wished for lighter loads. That the horse should be featured so prominently during the Age of Chivalry is etymologically appropriate, because chivalry goes back to the Latin word caballus, “horse, especially a riding horse or packhorse.” Borrowed from French, as were so many other important words having to do with medieval English culture, the English word chivalry is first recorded in works composed around the beginning of the 14th century and is found in several senses, including “a body of armored mounted warriors serving a lord” and “knighthood as a ceremonially conferred rank in the social system.” Our modern sense, “the medieval system of knighthood,” could not exist until the passage of several centuries had allowed the perspective for such a conceptualization, with this sense being recorded first in 1765.
chivalry - Cultural Definition
The methods of training and standards of behavior for knights in the Middle Ages. The code of chivalry emphasized bravery, military skill, generosity in victory, piety, and courtesy to women. (Compare courtly love.)