The definition of gallant is brave, noble or polite.adjective
An example of gallant is a child who always minds her manners.
Gallant is defined as a man who is polite and attentive to women.noun
An example of gallant is a knight.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- showy and lively in dress or manner
- stately; imposing: a gallant ship
- brave and noble; high-spirited and daring
- polite and attentive to women in a courtly way
- having to do with love; amorous
Origin: ME galaunt < OFr galant, merry, brave, prp. of galer, to rejoice, make merry < gala: see gala
- Now Rare a high-spirited, stylish man
- a man attentive and polite to women
- a lover or paramour
- Now Rare to court (a woman)
- to escort or accompany (a woman)
- gallantly adverb
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- Smartly or boldly stylish; dashing: a gallant feathered hat; cut a gallant figure at the coronation.
- a. Unflinching in battle or action; valiant: put up a gallant resistance to the attackers.b. Nobly or selflessly resolute: made a gallant attempt to save his friend's reputation.
- Stately; majestic.
- a. Courteously attentive especially to women; chivalrous.b. Flirtatious; amorous.
- A fashionable young man.
- a. A man courteously attentive to women.b. A woman's lover; a paramour.
Origin: Middle English galaunt, from Old French galant, present participle of galer, to rejoice, of Germanic origin; see wel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- galˈlant·ly adverb