Definition of chevalier in English:


Syllabification: chev·a·lier
Pronunciation: /ˌSHevəˈli(ə)r


  • 1A knight.
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    • The poor chevalier de La Barre subsequently joined Calas in the ranks of the Enlightenment's martyrs.
    • In 1808 the imperial nobility was completed with the ranks of count, baron, and chevalier, all of them hereditary.
    • Philippe, chevalier de Lorraine, like Guiche before him, bore a striking resemblance to Louis himself.
  • 1.1A chivalrous man.
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    • Peter, part mercenary and part chevalier, is a little late with the cavalry.
  • 1.2A member of certain orders of knighthood or of modern French orders such as the Legion of Honor.
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    • He was also honoured with France's highest cultural honour, becoming a chevalier of the Legion d' Honneur, in the same year Sophie met a brutal death.
    • He was made a chevalier of the French Legion of Honor in 1896, and received the Order of Saint Michael from the government of Bavaria in 1898.
    • Coolidge organised courses for his men at the Sorbonne in 1919 and in that year the French government made him a chevalier of the Légion d' Honneur.
  • 1.3 (Chevalier) British historical The title of James and Charles Stuart, pretenders to the British throne.
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    • If anybody needs reminding, Hector and Plunder also went by the names of Charles Edward and Henry Benedict, i.e. the Young Pretender / Chevalier and his brother.


late Middle English (denoting a horseman or mounted knight): from Old French, from medieval Latin caballarius, from Latin caballus 'horse'. Compare with caballero and cavalier.

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