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.
King Arthur and the knights of the round table are an example of chivalry.
Origin of chivalry
- Middle English chivalrie from Old French chevalerie from chevalier knight chevalier
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.