Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having the qualities of gallantry and honor attributed to an ideal knight.
  • adj. Of or relating to chivalry.
  • adj. Characterized by consideration and courtesy, especially toward women.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. honourable, especially to women.
  • adj. involving chivalry

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to chivalry or knight-errantry; warlike; heroic; gallant; high-spirited; high-minded; magnanimous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to chivalry or knight-errantry.
  • Having the high qualities characteristic or supposed to be characteristic of chivalry; having or exhibiting high courages; knightly; gallant, magnanimous, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. being attentive to women like an ideal knight

Etymologies

From Middle English from the Old French chevalerous; see chivalry (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Louis Mountbatten, the Commander, ordered the enemy crew, who had all safely abandoned ship, to be brought on board in chivalrous recognition of their treatment of the foundered Greeks.

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  • Are the odds so impossibly great that Ashley Todd just randomly played the card that got countless Black men lynched across this country on many times the mere word of a complainant, or ... the perception of someone standing in chivalrous stead for a complainant?

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  • A favourite theme with the company was the want of soldiers or generals at the North, and the impossibility that a set of mechanics and tradesmen, who knew only how to make money and keep it, should be able in chivalrous and gentlemanly exercises to cope with the Southern cavaliers, who were accustomed to sword and pistol and the use of them from their youth up.

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  • Bena, being "chivalrous" -- ass-kissing, actually -- started in about how I shouldn't be acting "like this" and cursing in front of a "woman."

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  • It has come to such a pass in this so-called chivalrous country that sensitive women will submit to almost any wrong rather than seek redress in our courts of law, where they are liable to be subjected to studied insult by unconscionable shysters.

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  • Anybody could see what was obligatory on the representative of Arthur; he was bound to be chivalrous, that is, to be European.

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  • He is showy in appearance, brave, daring, attentive to females, and, above all, chivalrous, that is, inclined to show disinterested courtesy to the weaker sex, as we have just seen.

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  • He saw his way to do noble service in the cause of womanhood, and that by following the path of mere common sense -- all sentimental and so-called chivalrous humbug cast aside, all exaggerated new conceptions simply disregarded.

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  • Susanna now again belonged to me in another, truer, and more real way than I had ever dreamt of or suspected, as I comprehended that everything that could be called chivalrous sacrifice on my side only lay lower than our love, was even simply an unworthy offence to it.

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  • It is not necessary to censure their lack of so-called chivalrous woman-worship.

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