Gallant meaning

gălənt
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The definition of gallant is brave, noble or polite.

An example of gallant is a child who always minds her manners.

adjective
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Gallant is defined as a man who is polite and attentive to women.

An example of gallant is a knight.

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Smartly or boldly stylish; dashing.

A gallant feathered hat; cut a gallant figure at the coronation.

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To woo or pay court to (a lady).
verb
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A lover or paramour.
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Stately; majestic.

A gallant ship.

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Stately; imposing.

A gallant ship.

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Brave and noble; high-spirited and daring.
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(now rare) A high-spirited, stylish man.
noun
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A man attentive and polite to women.
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(now rare) To court (a woman)
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To escort or accompany (a woman)
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(now rare) To court a woman.
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William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Our royal, good and gallant ship.

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Polite and attentive to ladies; courteous to women; chivalrous.
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(dated) Fashionable young man, who is polite and attentive to women.
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One who woos, a lover, a suitor, a seducer.
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An animal or thing of grey colour, such as a horse, badger, or salmon.
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(nautical) Topgallant.
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(obsolete) To attend or wait on (a lady).

To gallant ladies to the play.

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(obsolete) To handle with grace or in a modish manner.

To gallant a fan.

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To play the gallant.
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Showy and lively in dress or manner.
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A fashionable young man.
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Origin of gallant

  • Middle English galaunt from Old French galant present participle of galer to rejoice of Germanic origin wel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French galant (“courteous, dashing”), present participle of galer (“make merry”), thought to be from Frankish *wala- (“good, well”), from Proto-Germanic *wal-, from Proto-Indo-European *(e)welǝ- (“to choose, wish”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From French

    From Wiktionary