noun (plural gallantries)
- 1Courageous behavior, especially in battle: a medal awarded for outstanding gallantry during the raidMore example sentences
- 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.More 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.More 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).