Definition of gallantry in English:


Syllabification: gal·lant·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈgaləntrē

noun (plural gallantries)

  • 2Polite attention or respect given by men to women.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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