Definition of gallant in English:

gallant

Line breaks: gal|lant

adjective

  • 2 /ˈgal(ə)nt, gəˈlant/ (Of a man) charmingly attentive and chivalrous to women: a gallant gentleman came over and kissed my hand Pamella thought that was very gallant of him
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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, gentlemanly, courtly, courteous, respectful, polite, attentive, gracious, considerate, thoughtful, obliging
    dated mannerly
    archaic gentle

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈgal(ə)nt
 
, gəˈlant
 
/
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  • 1A man who is charmingly attentive to women: he launches himself into a gallant’s career of amorous intrigue
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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.
    Synonyms
    suitor, wooer, admirer, worshipper; beau, sweetheart, lover, love, beloved, boyfriend, young man, man friend, escort, partner
    informal fancy man, flame, fella
    British informal boyf
    literary swain
    archaic paramour
  • 1.1A dashing and fashionable 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.
    Synonyms
    fine gentleman, man about town, man of fashion, dandy, fop, beau, cavalier, swashbuckler; playboy, man of the world, ladies' man
    informal swell, toff, ladykiller
    archaic gay dog, rip, dude, blade, blood, coxcomb

verb

Pronunciation: /gəˈlant
 
, ˈgal(ə)nt
 
/
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  • (Of a man) flirt with (a woman): Mowbray was gallanting the Polish lady
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    • They have shot, fished, golfed and gallanted together.
    • I teach young gentlemen the whole art of gallanting a fan.

Derivatives

gallantly

Pronunciation: /ˈgal(ə)ntli/
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.

Origin

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

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