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chivalrous Syllabification: chiv·al·rous
Pronunciation: /ˈSHivəlrəs/

Definition of chivalrous in English:


1(Of a man or his behavior) courteous and gallant, especially toward women.
Example sentences
  • His son appeared as ‘this most gallant man and chivalrous prince’ who, at his death in 1376, a year before Edward III himself died, ‘was deeply mourned for his noble qualities’.
  • A chivalrous guy who is tall, dark and handsome (yes, the good old TDH) stands tall in his social circle.
  • A chivalrous chap, Randall gives the girl a shoulder to cry on, although Hopkirk feels that his corporeal colleague is being perhaps a little too attentive.
1.1Of or relating to the historical notion of chivalry.
Example sentences
  • His destiny, he believed, was to be a great historical novelist chronicling chivalrous knights and glorious deeds, and from that viewpoint Holmes was a liability, and his popularity exasperating.
  • Arthur unites the disorganized tribes of Britain into a kingdom ruled by chivalrous, noble knights.
  • ‘Wu xia’ means chivalrous combat, and ‘pian’ means film.


Pronunciation: /ˈSHivəlrəslē/
Example sentences
  • The newspaper reported that the 23-year-old heartthrob popped the question after chivalrously asking for permission from Diaz's parents.
  • Each girl's escort is responsible for her, at least for an evening, a convention that forces college boys to see themselves as protectors and to act chivalrously.
  • Jianyi chivalrously changes places with Rashid.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'characteristic of a medieval knight'): from Old French chevalerous, from chevalier (see chevalier).

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