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chevalier Line breaks: che|val¦ier
Pronunciation: /ˌʃɛvəˈlɪə/

Definition of chevalier in English:


1A knight.
Example sentences
  • 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 member of certain orders of knighthood or of modern French orders such as the Legion of Honour.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.2 (Chevalier) British historical A title of the Old and Young Pretenders.
Example sentences
  • 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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