Definition of gallantry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡaləntrē/

noun (plural gallantries)

1Courageous behavior, especially in battle: a medal awarded for outstanding gallantry during the raid
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  • The Victoria Cross was subsequently awarded for his outstanding gallantry.
  • His officer received the Military Cross, a lower order than the VC that's given to officers who display gallantry in battle.
  • Today the structures defy time to tell the story of gallantry, courage and tragedy of the bygone era and its story of survival in the harsh Thar Dessert.
2Polite attention or respect given by men to women.
Example sentences
  • And I was embarrassed by him, too young for his shy approaches, too unused to such respectful gallantry.
  • This is how it should be, for its subject could also be reasonably designated a light confection, albeit of quite exceptionally distinctive intelligence, oratorical power and studied chivalric gallantry.
  • In his treatment of the sexual undertones of courtly love and seventeenth-century gallantry, Maidment's wicked sense of humour could reduce a tutorial to helpless laughter.
2.1 (gallantries) Actions or words used when paying polite and respectful attention to women.
Example sentences
  • It is quite clear in the above exchange about Mr Woodhouse's gallantries that she knows she is galling Emma: she wants to gall her rival and does it with malicious and practised expertise.
  • Iago himself is opposed to the gallantries and polite talk of Cassio, especially in regard to Desdemona.
  • She interpreted the rose as nothing more than one of the playful gallantries he used with her friends.


Late 16th century (in the sense 'splendor, ornamentation'): from French galanterie, from galant (see gallant).

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Syllabification: gal·lant·ry

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