Definition of chivalrous in English:

chivalrous

Line breaks: chiv¦al|rous
Pronunciation: /ˈʃɪv(ə)lrəs
 
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adjective

1(Of a man or his behaviour) courteous and gallant, especially towards women: teachers may be more chivalrous towards girls
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  • 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.
Synonyms
gallant, gentlemanly, honourable, respectful, thoughtful, considerate, protective, attentive; courteous, polite, gracious, well mannered, urbane, courtly
dated mannerly
archaic gentle
1.1Relating to the historical concept of chivalry: the concept of chivalrous combat
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  • 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.
Synonyms
knightly, noble, chivalric; brave, courageous, bold, valiant, valorous, heroic, daring, intrepid; honourable, high-minded, just, fair, loyal, constant, true, virtuous

Origin

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

Derivatives

chivalrously

adverb
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  • 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.

chivalrousness

noun
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  • Ancillary to the dangerous neighorhoods and my chivalrousness was the fact that she was large-chested and Swedish.
  • Men fell over backward being courteous to Rose, and she took full advantage of their chivalrousness.
  • Daisuke Nagai was secretly in love with Michiyo in his college days, but gave up marrying her with chivalrousness as he learned his classmate was much in love with her.

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