Definition of gallant in English:

gallant

Syllabification: gal·lant

adjective

Pronunciation: /ˈɡalənt
 
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1(Of a person or their behavior) brave; heroic: she had made gallant efforts to pull herself together
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  • Here he once again proved that he was a brave and gallant soldier.
  • There was very little separating the players on the day, but it was young Larry who took the honours from a gallant loser Joe.
  • The total figure raised by these gallant ladies on their Sit Out Night in aid of Newry Hospice in December amounted to £2,700 and 1,700 euro.
Synonyms
1.1 archaic Grand; fine: they made a gallant array as they marched off
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  • The room was very gallant with pale yellow walls and a pink ceiling.
2(Of a man or his behavior) giving special attention and respect to women; chivalrous.
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  • It is not probable that she consciously deliberates; but she is… attracted by the most beautiful, or melodious, or gallant males.
  • The first Crusader army formed in a gallant, chivalric manner, as a by-product of a tournament help in Champagne in November 1199.
  • A tour of the Hermitage today includes the thrilling rags-to-riches story of a gallant frontiersman, chivalrous romantic, and political reformer.
Synonyms
chivalrous, princely, gentlemanly, honorable, courteous, polite, mannerly, attentive, respectful, gracious, considerate, thoughtful

noun

Pronunciation: /ɡəˈlant
 
, ɡəˈlänt
 
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dated or literary Back to top  
1A man who pays special attention to women.
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  • In the past, great love affairs often began with the judicious dropping of a glove and its recovery by a charming gallant.
  • The games of love involve Florinda, who is destined to marry an old rich man or her brother's friend, and Belville, a young gallant who rescues her and wins her heart.
1.1A dashing man of fashion; a fine gentleman.
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  • There must be routs and balls beneath sparkling chandeliers, where young gallants whirl sloe-eyed, bare-shouldered girls in the schottische and the carmagnole.
  • The play scoffs at citizens like Gertrude who marry above their station; at wannabe gallants like Quicksilver the apprentice; and at ‘false’ gentlemen such as the new-made knight Sir Petronel Flash.
  • If these markings imply that readers were not all young town gallants ensconced in taverns or on the fringes of court, being lascivious, witty, and drunk, so does the tantalizing case of Leonard Wheatcroft.

verb

Pronunciation: /ɡəˈlant
 
, ɡəˈlänt
 
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[with object] archaic Back to top  
(Of a man) flirt with (a woman).
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  • They have shot, fished, golfed and gallanted together.
  • I teach young gentlemen the whole art of gallanting a fan.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'finely dressed'): from Old French galant, from galer 'have fun, make a show', from gale 'pleasure, rejoicing'.

Derivatives

gallantly

Pronunciation: /ˈɡaləntlē/
adverb
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  • The man got what he deserved but the 10, who flew the flag so gallantly for the remaining 85 minutes of an enthralling FA Cup tie, deserved much more.
  • Critics will say NGOs aren't simply gallantly stepping into the breach, rather they actually seek to perpetuate their power in crises like this.
  • For a district that fought so gallantly for the title of European Capital of Culture, Bradford's publicly-owned cultural heritage is in a parlous state.

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