from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Smartly or boldly stylish; dashing: a gallant feathered hat; cut a gallant figure at the coronation.
- adj. Unflinching in battle or action; valiant: put up a gallant resistance to the attackers.
- adj. Nobly or selflessly resolute: made a gallant attempt to save his friend's reputation.
- adj. Stately; majestic.
- adj. Courteously attentive especially to women; chivalrous.
- adj. Flirtatious; amorous.
- n. A fashionable young man.
- n. A man courteously attentive to women.
- n. A woman's lover; a paramour.
- transitive v. To woo or pay court to (a lady).
- intransitive v. To play the gallant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Brave, valiant.
- adj. Honorable.
- adj. Grand, noble.
- adj. Very polite with women.
- n. Fashionable young man, who is polite and attentive to women.
- n. One who woos, a lover, a suitor, a seducer.
- n. An animal or thing of grey colour, such as a horse, badger, or salmon.
- n. topgallant
- v. To attend or wait on (a lady).
- v. To handle with grace or in a modish manner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Showy; splendid; magnificent; gay; well-dressed.
- adj. Noble in bearing or spirit; brave; high-spirited; courageous; heroic; magnanimous
- adj. Polite and attentive to ladies; courteous to women; chivalrous.
- n. A man of mettle or spirit; a gay, fashionable man; a young blood.
- n. One fond of paying attention to ladies.
- n. One who wooes; a lover; a suitor; in a bad sense, a seducer.
- transitive v. To attend or wait on, as a lady.
- transitive v. To handle with grace or in a modish manner.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Gay; fine; splendid; magnificent; showy as regards dress, ornamentation, or any external decorative effect.
- Brave; high-spirited; heroic: as, a gallant officer.
- Honorable; magnanimous; chivalrous; noble: as, a gallant antagonist.
- (Also ga-lant′ .) In later use, courtly; polite; attentive to women; inclined to courtship; in a bad sense, amorous; erotic.
- Synonyms Magnificent, brilliant.
- Valiant, Courageous, etc. (see brave); bold, high-spirited, manful.
- n. A gay, dashing person (rarely applied to a woman); a courtly or fashionable man.
- n. An ardent, intrepid youth; a daring spirit; a man of mettle.
- n. (Also ga-lant′ .) A man who is particularly attentive to women; one who habitually escorts or attends upon women; a ladies' man.
- n. A wooer; a suitor; in a bad sense, a rake; a libertine.
- n. Nautical, any flag carried at the mizzenmast.
- To make gallant or fine; deck out.
- To handle with grace or in a modish manner.
- To play the gallant toward (a woman); attend or escort with deferential courtesy: as, to gallant a lady to the theater.
- To make love; be gallant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lively and spirited
- adj. unflinching in battle or action
- n. a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
- adj. having or displaying great dignity or nobility
- adj. being attentive to women like an ideal knight
- n. a man who attends or escorts a woman
Middle English galaunt, from Old French galant, present participle of galer, to rejoice, of Germanic origin; see wel-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French galant ("courteous, dashing"), present participle of galer ("make merry"), thought to be from Frankish *wala- (“good, well”), from Proto-Germanic *wal-. (Wiktionary)
From French (Wiktionary)